Wayne B. Rice, age 97 of Atlantic, IA; formerly Hamburg, IA passed away on November 5, 2020 at The Heritage House in Atlantic, IA.
Wayne Bernard Rice was born on July 25, 1923 at Archer, NE; the son of Clyde E. and Katherine (Demel) Rice. He was one of five children in the family.
On February 20, 1943, he entered the United States Army Coast Artillery Corps during World War II. Wayne served in several campaigns during his time of service including in Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Sicily, Naples and Normandy. He was honorably discharged on October 31, 1945.
He was united in marriage to Marie Dovel on January 7, 1947 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamburg, IA. They shared over 60 years of marriage until Marie’s death on December 10, 2007.
Wayne worked for many years at the former Interstate Nurseries in Hamburg where he drove truck. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamburg.
He is survived by two children: Kathy Fiddelke and husband Fred of Cedar Rapids, IA, Tom Rice and wife Marjorie of Arena, WI; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, other family and friends. In addition to his wife Marie, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Earl, Harold and Ralph and a sister Dorothy as well as his parents.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday (11/12) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamburg, IA. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion (Utterback) Cemetery northeast of Hamburg. Complete military services will be conducted by the Hamburg American Legion.
The family will greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg. A prayer service/rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Mt. Zion/Utterback Cemetery Assn.; c/o Vicki Kirkpatrick; 1304 Argyle; Hamburg, IA 51640.
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