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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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
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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