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Dick Rice, 1940Richard M. Rice; born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 17, 1915; passed away May 5, 2005 at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, Hoosick Falls NY with family at his bedside. Richard was the oldest son of Rev. Maxwell W. Rice and Alice Marion Monger Rice. His younger brother, Arthur, predeceased him in 1983.

In 1936 he married Reba Benson. They had one son Richard. In 1947 he met and married Carolyn Slade. They had two more sons Theodore and Lawrence.

Richard was brought up in Wappingers Falls, NY where he attended elementary school in Poughkeepsie NY and Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lawrenceville in 1934. He attended Middlebury College, Boston University, and R.I.T..

Richard started his career as a professional photographer and part-time reporter in Boston, Ma. He worked for Bausch & Lomb in Rochester NY as a process engineer from 1942 - 1950. In 1947 he was awarded a patent for an improved process of coating lenses.  In 1950 he moved his family to White Creek, NY and started a dairy farm, later turning it into a tree farm (Four Winds Farm on Rice Lane).

From 1956-1973 he worked at various engineering and sales positions. Among these were Mack Molding, Falls Hardware, Dodge Machine & Tool, and several other companies. In 1973-74 he worked as the General Manager of Moonlighting & Supply Co. in Coxsackie with his son Lawrence by his side. He finished out his career as a Design Engineer at Garden Way Inc. in Troy NY, retiring in 1981. Richard also did side work as a heating and plumbing contractor.

Richard is survived by three sons: Richard of St. Petersburg, FL, Theodore of White Creek, NY, and Lawrence of Oakland, CA, and their families. He has 10 grandchildren; Shane, Ross, Devin, Kelley, Timyn, Peace, Jessica, Krista, Elliott and Schuyler. He is also survived by several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Richard was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Chapter 114. At one time he was a member of the Town of Hoosick Lions Club and the group “Beyond War.” He enjoyed nature: camping, hiking, boating, and rock collecting. He also liked computers and did some writing.

Richard was a wonderful father, grandfather, and man. He will be missed.

Calling hours were from 6 to 7 PM Sunday, May 15 at the Mahar Funeral Home in Hoosick Falls, NY. The Memorial Service was at Mahar’s on Monday, May 16 at 11 AM, followed by interment at the Center White Creek Cemetery. Donations in memory of Dick could be made to the Hoosick Falls Health Center or Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad through the funeral home.


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