Lt. Col. Edward Andrew (Retired) Rice

Lt. Col. Edward Andrew Rice


SHREVEPORT, LA Lt. Col. Edward Andrew Rice died peacefully on December 15, 2012, in Shreveport, LA. Ed was born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 28, 1921, where he met and fell in love with Martha Jane Beverly, to whom he was married for 51 years until her death in 1993.

Ed had a distinguished career as an Air Force pilot and commander. He was commissioned with the rank of First Lieutenant on November 19, 1946. He served his country on three continents in many leadership capacities, and was a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War, where he was the US Base commander at Udorn, Thailand.

Ed followed world affairs and national politics, and enjoyed debating his point of view. His military service in Italy led to a lifelong attachment to things Italian, especially pasta. He loved sports, all kinds of sports. He was a crack baseball catcher in early years and an avid golfer later. He cheered on his favorite team, Ohio State, wearing his red cap and gray muffler, during football season. Ed loved animals and had dogs throughout his life. He took his boxer with him to work and trained his beloved dachshunds to sit on command.

Ed is survived by his daughters, Beverley Carlson of Washington DC, Chris Nolen of Many, LA, Dar Rice of Cedar Park, Texas, their spouses and partners, Bob Nolen, Michael Dion and Robert Raulli, and his loving grandchildren, Renee and Drew Nolen, and Michelle Dion, as well as his sister Viola Van Atta. An infant son, Edward Andrew Rice preceded him in death.

Services will be held 12 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Rose Neath Southside Chapel, Shreveport, officiated by Rev. Elaine Burleigh. Interment will follow, with full Military Honors in Forest Park West Cemetery. Visitation will be held December 18, 5-7 pm and December 19 at 11 am at the funeral home.


Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 18 to Dec. 23, 2012