Owen L. Rice died on June 28, 2012 at the Hospice unit of the Daytona Beach Good Samaritan Society. He was 81. Owen was born in Queens, New York in 1931 as the son of Rose and Peter Rice, immigrants from County Down, Northern Ireland. During five years of service in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller in Berlin, Germany, Owen married Irmgard L. Zollner, the love of his life. They have been married for 56 years. Afterward, Owen took a job as a police officer in the New York City Police Department, a twenty year career which spanned working as a street patrol officer, as a member of the communications division, and as a member of the special operations unit at NYPD headquarters. Finally, for the remaining twenty-four years of his career, Owen served as a display advertising account executive and as the display advertising administrative manager at the Daytona Beach News-Journal. After fielding the perfectly appropriate question, "What does a New York City cop know about advertising?" Owen became one of the News-Journal's top salespeople and a valued friend and manager. His twenty-four years at the News-Journal were filled with love and satisfaction. Owen is survived by his wife, Irmi; his two children: Monika Rice, a photographer in Santa Cruz, CA, and Stephen Rice, a university professor in Seattle, WA; his daughter-in-law, Karen C. Rice; and two grandsons. Per Owen's wishes, he was cremated and there will be no service. Condolences may be expressed at the Daytona Beach News Journal online obituary guest book.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from June 30 to July 1, 2012