Richard C. Rice

    Richard C. Rice, 86, of Decatur passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 
    He was born on Monday, Oct. 17, 1927, in Adams County,the son of the late Ralph W. Rice and the late Helen G. (Chapman) Rice. He married Marguerite G. Mailand on June 6, 1953, in St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen. 
    Richard served his country in the United States Air National Guard 122nd Tactical Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne and rose to the rank of Captain. 
    He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen and the Men's Club at the church. He served as a former President of the church congregation and also held several offices in the church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #43 in Decatur. 
    Richard retired in 1988 as a Company Plant Manager of Dana Corporation in Syracuse, Ind. after 40 years of service. 
    Surviving are his wife, Marguerite G. Rice of Decatur; daughter Cynthia L. (Ronnie) Holt of Decatur; son Duane A. (Jeanne) Rice of Boca Raton, Fla.; daughter Janine K. Hicks of Decatur; and sister, Gwendolyn L. Ohmit of Indianapolis. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jesse L. (Kristen) Holt; Casey C. (Maybelle) Holt; Jenny A. (Justin) Beaulieu; Jamie L. Holt; Kelly Rice; Nolan Rice; Erin (Dan) MacDonald and Cody Hoeppner, and seven great-grandchildren. 
    Preceding Richard in death were a daughter, Sheila R. Hoeppner, and a brother, James L. Rice. 
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday  in the St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, with Rev. Peter Brock officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Bingen, with military graveside services to be conducted by the American Legion Post #43 Color Guard. 
    Friends will be received from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m., Thursdayat Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. 
    Preferred memorials are to Worship for Shut-Ins or St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen.