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Leonard Baxter Rice

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Leonard Rice, 69, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born March 30, 1944, in Asheville, N.C., to John Franklin and Mary Ellen McKinney Rice. He attended school in Ririe and graduated in 1962.

On Nov. 5, 1964, he married Marsha Lee Stoddard in Idaho Falls. They were married for 47 years. On Jan. 26, 2012, he lost his soul mate and the love of his life.

He worked for Don's Service for 45 years.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Eagles Lodge.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. He spent many weekends with Marsha, showing their 1966 GTO. He was an accomplished musician and began his musical career with his brother, Bud, and sister, Christine, playing for many years at the "Hub Bar." He continued playing music with his friends until his illness progressed and no longer allowed him to sing and play his bass guitar.

He was a loving and generous father, brother, grandfather and friend. He touched many lives and hearts and will be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his three daughters, Lisa (Joe) Branson and Barbara Nelson, both of Idaho Falls, and Tiffany (Shane) McDaniel of Newport News, Va.; three brothers, John Archie (Sue) Rice of Idaho Falls, David (Kathy) Rice of Las Vegas, and Bud (Vinna) Rice of Marion, N.C.; two brothers-in-law, Raymond (Velda) Stoddard and Kip Stoddard, both of Idaho Falls; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents; his loving wife, Marsha; his granddaughter, Jode; and his sister, Christine.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 17, and for one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, both at the funeral home. Interment will be in New Sweden Cemetery.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.

Published in Post Register on June 16, 2013
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