CLARENCE “BUD” RICE
Clarence “Bud” Rice, 93, of Fort Dodge, died August 27, 2014 at Simpson Health Center surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the Tompkins Celebration Center of Friendship Haven. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Private interment of his cremated remains will be held at a later date in the Linwood Cemetery, Boone, IA.
Clarence Edgar Rice II, the son of Howard and Jane (Doyle) Rice, was born February 5, 1921, in Boone, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1942. On October 30, 1943, Bud was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Obele at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Bud served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946, where he achieved the rank of Captain. Following his discharge, Bud was employed with Bank of America in Van Nuys, California for three years; he owned and managed Otis Lumber Company of Boone for 17 years; and for 20 years he was employed with Iowa State University Extension Office before retiring in 1986.
Bud was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and served in a number of roles in Diocesan affairs. He was a member of Rotary Club International, he received the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, H.O.M.E. Inc., Interfaith Forum, Webster County Extension, was instrumental in creation of MIDAS Council of Governments, Community Action Network, IRIS and Golden K. Kiwanis. He was also a member of the BPOE Elks and the American Legion in Fort Dodge.
Bud was known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis, reading, singing and he played clarinet in a dance band. He loved to travel.
Bud is survived by his wife Mary Beth; his children, Kate O’Brien, Seattle, Washington; Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Rice, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Dr. Richard Rice, Silver Spring, Maryland; and Jovanna Soligo, Peterborough, Ontario Canada; his grandchildren; Jesse, Jeremiah, Celeste, Gabriel, Alex and Adrian and great grandchildren; Chloe, Tyrese, Linden and Stephen. He was preceded in death by a son Clarence E. Rice III, his parents, and his sister Kate Rice Schwidde.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards St. Mark’s Episcopal Church earmarked for the Human Needs Commission.