Michael Collins Rice went to be with his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Psalm 116:15 "The death of one that belongs to the Lord is precious in His sight." You might remember him as… The "God bless you!" man, Or the "Be strong in the Lord" man, the birkenstocks and socks man, or him who runs in short shorts, or perhaps as the man you called upon to silence a crowd. He was the God-fearing, confidence-exuding, Ohio State-loving, blood-donating, random-fact-knowing, always stretching, yogurt-eating, ocean-loving, risk-taking, Old man who just beat you in a 5k. To his family he was: Son, Brother, Husband, Papa, and Grandpa, The son who never quit, The brother who stood firm for his family, The ever faithful husband, The father who yelled louder than any other at sporting events, The man of God who led our family into the presence of the Lord. Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jennifer Jones Rice; two sons, Caleb (Anastasia) and Keegan (Amy); six grandchildren; his mother, Margaret Rice; brother, Mark (Jenney); and sister, Lynn Cipriano (Rogelio); plus many more extended family members, and friends on both sides who have supported us throughout this journey. Mike is preceded in death by his father, Jim. This is but a glimpse into the man we knew and loved prior to his accident over eight years ago. Our family rejoices that Mike's long journey with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) has come to an end. We want to give a special thanks to all those who so lovingly cared for Mike in the various hospitals and facilities throughout the years. His race is complete. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike's memory may be sent to Emmaus Bethania High School, P.O. Box 4000, Koror, Palau 96940. Arrangements are by the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home of Blackstone, VA. www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2021.