Richard S. Rice, 58

March 08, 2011
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JAN. 16, 1953-MARCH 6, 2011

Richard Steven Rice, 58, of Hagerstown, Md., died on Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 16, 1953, in Hagerstown, he was the son of Edith A. Rice of Hagerstown and the late Elmer K. Rice.

He was a graduate of Smithsburg High School with the Class of '71.

He served overseas during the Vietnam conflict as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1976.

He retired as a correctional officer sergeant from the Maryland Correctional Training Center in 1993.

Richard was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting with his two sons and brother, riding his motorcycle and working with antique hit-and-miss engines.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rachel L. Rice; a daughter, Karen E. Martin and husband, David, of Hagerstown, two sons, Erik M. Rice of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Mark D. Rice of Hagerstown; a sister, Linda Harbaugh of Greencastle, Pa.; two brothers, David Rice of Greencastle, Pa., and Andrew Rice of Clear Spring, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Rice.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. The Rev. Randall Reid will officiate.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740, or Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, 100 Charles St., Hagerstown, MD 21740;

Online condolences are accepted at

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