TOPEKA — Carl E. Rice, Burlingame, died at a Topeka hospital Thursday, July 22, surrounded by his three daughters. He was 86.
He was born May 16, 1935, on a farm south of Overbrook, the seventh of nine children born to Jefferson B. and Stella Marie (Riley) Rice. He lived his entire life in Osage County. He attended Valley Brook and Overbrook Grade Schools, and he graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1953.
Carl worked at Goodyear for 35 years before retiring. He met his wife, Marilyn, at the Roller Rink in Burlingame. They were married Aug. 26, 1956, at the Burlingame Federated Church, and then settled in Carl’s hometown of Overbrook. To this union, three daughters were born, Patti, Pam and Peggy.
Carl & Marilyn moved to Marilyn’s hometown of Burlingame in 1973, where they built their new home, and where they resided for 48 years.
He enjoyed camping, boating and skiing with family and friends. He also enjoyed cars, trucks and anything Ford, and he would work on about anything with a motor and tires. Most of all, Carl loved his family.
Both Carl and Marilyn were members of the Chippewa Camping Club for many years. Carl was a past member of the Overbrook Methodist Church.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Marilyn, of 65 years; a son-in-law, Jeff McFarlane; two brothers, Wayne Rice and Bernie Rice; five sisters, Velma Bee Smidt, Dorothy Dot Faust, Ellen Gerisch, Mardell Pitzer and Gladys Minnie Giffin; two nephews, Doug Gerisch and David Ogle; and a niece, Jani B. Hunt.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Lynn Rice Beach (Dennis), Pamela Jo McFarlane and Peggy Jean Rice; three grandchildren, Josey McFarlane (Christina), Jacob McFarlane (Katie), and Kelsie McFarlane Kooser (Brad); 12 great-grandchildren, McKenna, Madison, Morgan, Moxie and Jameson McFarlane, Justice, Preslee and Ryker McFarlane, Braxton and Jeffrey Decker, and Collins and Kane Kooser; a sister, Mary Ann Rice Miner (Garth); two sisters-in-law, Janis Grandon (Dennis) and Joneal Brock; a brother-in-law, Gene Hotchkiss (Kari); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Burlingame Federated Church, with visitation at 1 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will follow at Burlingame Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Carl and Marilyn Rice Memorial Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, P.O. Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413.