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William Douglas Rice

William Douglas Rice St. Johns William Douglas Rice, 72, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Sparrow Hospital. He was born on March 7, 1940 in St. Johns, MI the son of William C. and Ruby K. (Birkey) Rice. He graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in 1958; married Marilyn Lietzke on October 3, 1959 and had 4 sons. Douglas worked with his father as a milk delivery man until January 1965 when Valley Side Dairy Farm was sold. He then obtained employment from Oldsmobile in Lansing, MI as a production worker. In 1976 he qualified as a skilled tradesman and continued work as a Millwright. He remained in this capacity until he retired from General Motors in August 2006. He was a member of the Michigan Republican Party, loved tractors, riding motorcycles, flying, boating, water skiing and caring for animals. Doug is survived by his sons, David (Nelly) Rice of Murfreesboro, TN, Jeffrey (Ruth) Rice of Key West, FL, Calvin (Susan) Rice of Apex, NC, and Graham (Gina) Rice of Laingsburg, MI; seven grandchildren, Jay (25), Jennilyn (23), Jan Rey (21), Brydon (21), Alexis (17), Nicholas (14), and Raffael (4); and brother Jon (Loraine) Rice of Portland, MI. Memorial services will be held at The Church of The Living Word, 1100 N. Ovid Rd., Ovid, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 4, 2013 with Pastor Audie Clairmont presiding. The family will receive friends and relatives at the church beginning at 9:30 A.M. until service time. Memorials may be given to The Church of the Living Word. The family is being served by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, 989-224-4422.


Published in Lansing State Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2013
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