Ralph Chester "Chet" Rice, age, 87, died Monday, March 11,
1996, at Tucson, Arizona.
services will be held at Middleton United Methodist Church,
Tuesday, March 19, 1996, at 11 a.m.
Chet was born January 13, 1909, in a sod house, on his
parents' Western Kansas Prairie homestead, in Logan County,
Near Gill, Kansas.
He was the oldest
of 8 children, of Arthur S. and Hannah (Inman) Rice.
In the spring of 1912, Chet's parents, sold their homestead
and took their little family - Chet, Ellen and Katherine and
journeyed by covered wagon to Lucas, Kansas. It took 8
days to travel 200 miles.
of 1929, they returned to Western Kansas, Chet and his dad
built a big sod house, which is now featured in the book
On July 27, 1936, Chet
married Maxine Vaughn and to this union 4 children were born
- Raymond, Lyndon, Loren and Lyla. They lived in
Western Kansas, Colorado Springs, Colo., Peyton, Colo., and
Chet worked at Burns
Chevy Garage, Simplot, Toft Machine Shop and Carnation here
Later Chet and Maxine
Chet married Shirley
Sandifer, May 5, 1962.
retirement from Carnation in 1972 they moved to Rye,
Colorado, then in 1987 Chet and Shirley moved to Tucson,
Shirley passed away Nov. 6,
1989, and Chet continued to live with his son Loren and
living in Arizona and he loved to travel. He enjoyed
visiting his children and fixing their homes. He was
always doing for others.
preceded in death by his wife and parents.
Chet is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter, Raymond Rice
Canon City, Colorado, Lyndon and Joan Rice, Woodland Park,
Colorado, Loren and Ronda Rice, Tucson, Arizona, Lyla and
Bill Lancaster, Canon City, Colorado; 13 grandchildren
and 5 great-grandchildren; six sisters and 1 brother, Ellen
Ahrene, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Katherine Drause, Limon,
Colorado, Pansy Downtain, Colorado Springs, Colorado,
Dorothy Horton, Goodland, Kansas, Alberta Hayden, Goodland,
Kansas, Florence Wills, Del Norte, Colorado, Joseph (Jiggs)
Rice, Middleton, Idaho.
be made to: American National Diabetes Association, or
United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 387, Middleton, Idaho