William ‘Bill’ Rice

William “Bill” Eugene Rice of rural Baldwin passed away Monday, November 14, 2022, at Morningstar Care Home, Baldwin City.

Family will receive friends, Monday, November 21, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St, Lawrence. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 10:30 am at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Arrangements provided by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Bill was born in Lawrence on March 4, 1927, to William M. and Helen C. Jahns Rice. He was a member of Douglas County 4-H and Lawrence FFA, and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1944.

Bill married Lucille I. Parker on April 25, 1948. Bill and Lucille enjoyed farming, dairying, and ranching, side by side on the same farm in rural Douglas County for their entire married life. Bill also loved breeding and raising horses and ponies. Bill valued opportunities to give back to his community by serving on local boards of directors: School Board, Douglas County Fair, Douglas County Farm Bureau, Lawrence Farmers Co-op and Farmland Industries.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Lucille. Four children: Ronald E. (wife Trudy) Rice, Lawrence; Stephen J. (wife Deborah) Rice, Smithville, MO; Jane C. (husband Robin) Edmonds, Berryton; and Irene L. Houk, Oskaloosa. Nine grandchildren: Stephanie (husband Jason) Hyder, Ozark, MO; Rustin (wife Valerie) Rice, Smithville, MO; Casey (wife Theresa) Rice, Smithville, MO; Brandie (husband Bill) Disberger, Wamego; Carrie Edmonds, Wamego; Ryan (wife Renee) Edmonds, Lecompton; Brad (wife Tasha) Rice, Baldwin; Jesse (wife Shelby) Houk, Oskaloosa; Joel (wife Kari) Houk, Oskaloosa; and fifteen great-grandchildren. A brother, James F. Rice, Texarkana, TX and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill is preceded in death: by his parents; son-in-law, Allen Houk; brother-in-law, Warren Parker; and sister-in-law, Ann Parker.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Douglas County 4-H Foundation or Gentiva Hospice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Connie Robertson...

Jane, Irene, Steve and Ron, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I have so many wonderful memories of him during all my visits to your house. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you as well as your mom.

From Connie and John Hey...

To all of the Rice family we send our sincere sympathy with the passing of Bill.
Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. We are sad to lose another member of our community.

From Eric LeRoux...

Condolences to the Rice family

From Mark and Linda Torkelson...

Our condolences to Lucille and family on Bill’s loss. Mark remembers the family reunions at your home.

From Lenora Hyder...

Steve, Debbie, Stephanie, Jason, Parker, Paige and all the family.
I am so sorry for your loss, sending hugs and prayers

From Janet Spring...

Lucille–so sad to hear the about Bill’s passing. Hugs to you!

From Janet (Meyer) Spring...

Irene, Jane, Steve and Ron–so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Remember being at your house and 4-H with your Mom and Dad. Hugs to all of you!

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