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Niles L. Dice

96, of Indianapolis, passed from this life at Marquette Manor Healthcare Center in Indianapolis on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. He was born on March 22, 1918 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Niles was the son of Charles A. and Rebecca S. (Umberger) Dice and was one of six children, four boys and two girls, who grew up on the family farm located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Niles graduated from Marysville High School in 1936. He took a diesel engine service course in New York City and went on to enroll in the engineering program at the General Motors Institute, (now Kettering University), in Flint, Michigan. He then moved to Indianapolis and joined the Allison Transmission Division of General Motors in 1940.

For the next four years, Niles alternated between work assignments in Indianapolis and classroom experience in Flint. While in Indianapolis, Niles was introduced, by his roommate, to Suzanne Murdock from Manilla, Indiana, but their romance was put on hold when Niles enlisted in the US Navy.

Niles was sent Ft. Pierce, Florida, and on to Chicago, where he joined a crew that was assembled to man an LST. Their LST shuttled men and materials from Guam to the Philippines, and arrived in Nagasaki following the detonation of the atomic bomb.

The ship to which Niles was assigned was routed to Seattle, where Niles was given a thirty day shore leave, in order to return to Indianapolis and marry Suzanne in February 1946. Suzanne obtained a leave of absence from her job and followed Niles to San Diego. Niles was released from US Navy in San Diego and they resumed their lives in Indianapolis where Niles was an Engineer at Allison and Suzanne worked at the Jordan School of Music.

Suzanne worked at the Jordan School of Music until the arrival of their two children and Niles remained in the employ of Allison Division of General Motors until his retirement in 1983. For sixty years Niles and Suzanne were proud and active members of North United Methodist Church.

Niles and Suzanne had two children, Jeffrey N. (Ginny) Dice who now resides in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Patricia J. (Carson) Smith who lives in Indianapolis. In addition to their two children, Niles and Suzanne are survived by 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to the staff at Marquette Manor and especially those in the Health Care Center for their at attentive care they provided for both of their parents.

The family will host a celebration of a life well lived in the Parlor of North United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to North United Methodist Church at 3808 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Arrangements by Crown Hill Funeral Home .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 6, 2014
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