Gene Rice
1937 - 2020
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Gene Rice Gene L. Rice, age 83, of Waterloo, born February 11, 1937, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Monday, April 6, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, due to complications of the COVID-19 virus. He graduated from Cahokia Commonfields High School in 1955 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He married his wife and best friend, Nancy (Brooks) Rice, September 6, 1957. In 1997, he retired as Logistics Supervisor after 30 years at Monsanto Krummrich Plant in Sauget, IL. Gene had been a member of Westview Baptist Church in Belleville, where he became an ordained deacon, and First Baptist Church in Waterloo. He currently attended and was a member at Concord Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. In the early years Gene, Nancy and family did a lot of camping and boating. Later, they had a second home at Lake of Egypt near Marian, IL. The last 15 years Gene and Nancy had wintered at Sunshine Country Club Estates in Harlingen, TX. For several years on Wednesdays they have attended the RSVP Orchestra dances at various senior centers in the area. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Rice, and his mother, Grace Rice Heslop. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his sister Margaret (Rice) Alling of Fort Worth, TX, his son David (Angela) Rice of High Ridge, MO, daughter Shari (Larry) Kruep of Barnhart, MO, granddaughters, Autumn (Bryan) Maag and Emily Rice, grandsons, Colton Kruep, Jonathan (fiancé Sahara Richison) Rice and Austin Rice, and great-grandson, Jackson Maag. Due to the current pandemic situation, private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held later when possible.

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Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 12, 2020.
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April 20, 2020
Nancy: I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Bruce Conley
April 15, 2020
My condolences to the Neal family. God must have needed a great guy to paly a gig in heaven. You and wife, Nancy sent me to see your friend in Branston, Mo. Neal Diamond show in an old movie house downtown Bronston. It was always a pleasure seeing at the PSOP dances. Proud to know you as a member of my PSOP Dancing Family.. Will miss your happy face.
CMSgt (Retired)
April 15, 2020
Gene and Nancy frequently attended our RSVP dances. Gene was a kind, friendly, sincere gentleman who was always eager to share a smile and a warm conversation. We have a long history together. I value his friendship and the time we shared and I mourn this sad loss.
George Koprivica
April 14, 2020
He was such a caring & loving person. He was always ready to give you a big hug whenever he saw you. We had great times camping & family events with him. Him & Nancy taught me to water ski & he was very patient & encouraging me to keep trying. His smile lit up the room. He always made you feel like he was very happy to see you & very welcoming.
I really don't remember him never being around, espicially since we were at Uncle Hubert's all the time & I spent my summer vacations there.
He will be terribly missed.
Charlene (Brooks) Tiernon
April 14, 2020
Nancy, I was just reading the Belleville News-Democrat on my phone this morning when I came across this sad information. Bob and I were just talking the other day about how we missed talking to Gene across the fence. We feel we knew you and shared your lives most of the time you lived next door. You were the greatest neighbors ever.

I will send you a much longer note. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Eileen & Bob Hagan
Eileen Hagan
April 13, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Gene's passing. He was a good man and will be missed immensely! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Rick (your old accountant)
Rick Reno
April 13, 2020
I do not remember life before Gene - hes been part of our family as long as I have. To say that Gene was a people person is a huge understatement for sure. He loved his family - both immediate and extended. He loved his friends and he enjoyed life. Gene always had words of encouragement for anyone he was around. He will be so missed by our family. So heres to you buddy - well all be together again soon.
Bob Brooks
April 13, 2020
I'm so sorry for the loss of Gene. He was a wonderful pillar of our church while growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. In Christ, Debbie (nee,Riddle)Kretschmer
Debbie (Riddle) Kretschmer
April 12, 2020
The entire Barker family grieves with you. Truly heartbroken that we cannot share hugs. So many, many good memories are swimming through the heads of all 5 SBs - and swimming is such a good analogy. All those campfires and marshmallows, all those days skiing on water like glass. Seven crazy skiers, including Gene, behind dads boat. The talk of Norfork we were! Gene on one, leaning so far over he could almost take a drink. And that big spray. A picture of grace he was on skis. What a group of wonderful, good to the soul people. Never to be forgotten. He's up there swapping stories with Howard, Lorraine, Tom, and mom and dad. Oh, and with Fate, Hattie, Fred and Hilda too. Hugs to all of you. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love always, Susan, Steve, Scott, Sally, and Stacy.
April 12, 2020
I never got to meet Gene but, I feel I knew you just from the stories Ive heard. I am praying for Nancy and the family and peace and comfort for you all.
Donna Lynn
April 12, 2020
Gene, my cousin, had a heart of gold. He had such a caring, sharing and loving heart for others and naturally his family. He will be missed by all greatly but he is in the beautiful place where we will meet again.
April 12, 2020
Keep looking up, my dear friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 12, 2020
So sorry to hear about a Gene! He was so loved and respected. Praying for your family. Sheila
Sheila James
April 12, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Gene obviously loved his family. He always had a camera in his hand to record all the memories.
April 12, 2020
Dear Nancy
So sorry to hear about the loss of Gene. You and family are in my prayers.
Suzy Hubbs
April 12, 2020
Dear Nancy, David, Shari and family, We were deeply saddened to hear of Gene's death. We will be praying for you all now and in the days ahead.
Jim and Rosie Robinson
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