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Information for Luther Ryan Bice
18 May, 1909 - 12 October, 1994
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
14 October, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Luther Bice

    Luther Ryan Bice, 85, of Boise, formerly of Nampa, died Wednesday, October 12, 1994, at an Emmett hospital.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 194, at the Nampa Sunny Ridge Building, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3015 Sunny Ridge Rd.  Bishop Michael J. Madison of Nampa will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Luther Ryan Bice was born on May 18, 1909, in Twin Falls, the fourth of five children, born to George and Zella Bice.  He was reared and educated in Twin Falls, graduating from Twin Falls High School.  He then studied for 1 year at Idaho State University in Pocatello where he was captain of the wrestling team.  He married Agnes Richins, his wife of 60 years on June 15, 1930, in Twin Falls where they made their home.  In 1931, their marriage was solemnized at the Salt Lake City, Utah L.D.S. Temple.
    His Twin Falls employer, Intermountain Seed, offered him a position operating a branch facility, Union Seed, in Nampa.  He moved to Nampa with his family in 1936.  He eventually bought the business.  Luther's business success was noted by an entry in the 1960 publication of Who's Who in Idaho.  He took over a struggling seed company during the depression and built it through years of hard work, hard-won financing and building a reputation of honesty and fair dealing among farmers  and agriculture professionals across the nation.  In the seed industry, he was highly regarded, serving as third president of the Idaho/Eastern Oregon Seed Association and president of the Pacific Seedsman Association.  At the age of 70 he retired.
    Agnes died on February 1, 1990.  He later married Louise DuBois in Boise and they moved to Emmett.  Luther was an active member of the L.D.S. Church and served as Mutual Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, Bishop's Counselor and Bishop of the Nampa 4th Ward for 8 years.  He was later called to the Nampa Stake High Council where the served for 30 years.  He was supervising contractor for the 1958 construction of the L.D.S. Stake Center on Canyon Street as well as a second Stake Center on Smith Avenue in 1984.
    Luther is survived by his wife Louise of Emmett; 2 daughters, Zella Jeannette, Seattle, WA, Georgia Hale and her husband Melvin, Sweet, Idaho; 2 sons, Jess and his wife Tamyra, Nampa, Russell and his wife Nancy, Rexburg; 1 sister, Anita Torrens, Lynwood, WA; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Agnes; a brother, Clifford; a brother in infancy; and a sister, Colleen.
    The family suggests memorial contributions to M.S.T.I West, 308 E. Hawaii, Nampa, Idaho 83686, or flowers may be sent.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today until 9 p.m. and at the Sunny Ridge building on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.  The family will greet friends at the Alsip Chapel today from 6 to 6 p.m.

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