Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by: Sterling Holbrook, pianist and Karen Holbrook, soloist.
Interment will be in the Buffalo Church Cemetery near Louisiana, Missouri.
Pallbearers: Bob Jerman, Gary Nolan, Harold Coy Wilson, Roger Young, Mike Love and Ronnie Heaton.
Ellis Edward Rice passed away at 4:20 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2005 at the Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal, Missouri. He was a lifelong rural Laddonia and Hallsville area resident. Ellis was a member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church and a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge. He had worked for many years and retired from the Missouri Department of Transportation in 1978. Ellis also farmed south of Vandalia for many years.
Born: May 18, 1916 in Wellsville, Missouri the son of Charles and Alice May (Rubey) Rice.
Married: Ora Mae Smith on May 25, 1941 in Wellsville, Missouri; she preceded him in death on October 16, 1989. He then married Dorothy Hill, who survives.
Survivors include: one son, Dr. William E. and wife, Edie Rice of Monroe City, Missouri; four grandchildren, Charles and wife, Ann Rice of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; Tracey and husband, Ted Stuhlman of Summerville, South Carolina; Dr. William E. and wife, Cynthia Rice of Carl Junction, Missouri; Elizabeth and husband, Tron Jordheim of Columbia, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren, Heather and Eddie Rice; Saura and Theodore "TJ" Stuhlman; Allee Rice; Helena and Carolyn Jordheim.
Preceded in death by: one son, Edward L. Rice and one sister, Mary Rice Stone.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church or the Buffalo Church Cemetery Association.