WILSONVILLE -- Kendall S. Rice 76, died Wednesday (Aug. 27, 2008) at Cambridge.
He was born Jan. 24, 1932, at Wilsonville to W. Albert and Eldine (Smaha) Rice. He graduated from Wilsonville Heigh School in 1950, and attended Doane College prior to his two years of service in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he returned to Doane College and graduated with honors in 1956.
He was a member of the Baptist-Christian Church where he served in many positions but especially enjoyed teaching his Sunday School class. He was a charter member of the Lion's Club, served on the Wilsonville School Board, was a member of the McCook Prairie Statesman barbershop chapter, and in later years was a member of the Furnas County Feeders organization and the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association.
He served on the Nebraska Beef Board and was a director to the National Livestock and Meat Board for nine years. In 1990, he was elected as treasurer on the board and in the following years, he succeeded to the position of vice-president.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Warren Rice and his brother-in-law Howard Hall.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Wilsonville; two sons, Scott and wife, Jan Rice and Steve and wife, Peg Rice, all of Wilsonville; one daughter, Shari and husband, Bartley Anderson of Loomis; one brother, Lonnie and wife, Patt of Grand Island; one sister, Jan and husband, Harry Brown of Hendley; and two sisters-in-law, Arlene Rice of Wilsonville and Alberta Hall of Fargo, N.D; six grandchildren; and two step-granddaughters.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Baptist Christian Church in Wilsonville with the Revs. Keith Theobald and Kirk Kasson officiating. Burial will be in the Wilsonville Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wilsonville American Legion and Beaver Valley VFW.
Memorials may be given to the Wilsonville/Hendley Ambulance Fund or the Baptist-Christian Church at Wilsonville.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.