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Lawrence "Larry" Rice '72 December 19, 2016 2:41 PM updated: December 19, 2016 2:44 PM

Published in The (Phoenix) Arizona Republic on Dec. 18, 2016

Lawrence "Larry" Rice
Rice, Lawrence "Larry"
77, of Gilbert, AZ passed away on December 7, 2016. He was born in Chicago, IL to the late Gordon and Martha (Gudmundson) Rice. He graduated from Sullivan High School and Illinois Institute of Technology. Following graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. He became a helicopter pilot, flew rescue missions in Vietnam, and then returned as a flight instructor. He received a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. After 23 years of service, he retired from the military, beginning his career as an analyst with Rockwell/Boeing. He retired again to Arizona in 2000 to enjoy traveling, skiing, square/round dancing, volunteering, and other leisure activities. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Karl), three daughters, Joanne (John) Scheihing, Valerie (Richard) Swick and Sharon (Adrian) Zamora, five grandchildren, two step grandchildren, sisters, Shirley Copley and Linda (Allen) Weiss, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on February 24th at 10:30am. The family suggests donations be made to or Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, AZ.


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