Western Slope Obituaries 9-28-09 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 9-28-09

Frank Allen Rice, 73, of Fruita, Colo., passed away September 17, 2009 at the Hospice Care Center after a blessedly short illness.

He was born to Elmer Rice and Ruth Robertson Rice in Grand Junction and lived most of his life in the Grand Valley. They were married for 34 years. His unconditional love and support will remain a source of strength and happiness as she starts the next chapter in her life. Frank raised seven children to adulthood. His greatest parenting skill was to always set the best example in how to live and treat others. He showed his love through his deeds.

He graduated from Palisade High School in 1954. Frank moved to Port Angeles, Wash., shortly after high school but returned to the Colorado sunshine in the late 1960’s. Frank worked nearly 40 years in the construction industry but his first avocation was always farming and he tended the earth and his animals until his death. Frank was a quiet man who spoke only when there was something worth saying.

When he was not working or farming Frank enjoyed many hobbies, among them camping, fishing and building beautiful toys and furniture for his family. In his later years Frank spent many hours reading and taking care of his horses, dogs and cats. In his passing, Frank will be remembered for willingly and humbly serving his family, both two and four-legged.

He is survived by his wife and greatest fan, Diann Rice; his children, Brent Rice of Delta, Colo., Mike Rice of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Scott Rice of Grand Junction, Colo., Donna (Steve) Farlow of Palisade, Colo., Susan (Lyle) MaHaffey of Delta, Colo., Chris (Bonnie) Simpson of Fort Collins, Colo., and Missy Simpson of Boulder, Colo.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Rice of Sacramento, Calif., Jerry Rice of Palisade, Colo., Mickey Rice of Palisade, Colo., and sister, Amy Vercruyssen of Shingle Springs, Calif.

He was preceded in death by a younger brother, John Rice.

Private family remembrance is being held for him.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12 Street, Grand Junction, Colo., 81506 or to Mesa County Animal Services, 362 28 Road, Grand Junction, Colo., 81501.


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