Charles Rice

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Charles Richard “Dick“ Rice, 70, of Ironton, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at his home.

The Ashland, Ky., native was born Dec. 26, 1940. He was the son of the late Charles Raymond and Bess Rice.

In addition to his parents, Charles is preceded in death by his sister in-law Mary Jane Witt.

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He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judith Neville Rice, whom he married Dec. 30, 1967.

In addition to his wife, Charles is survived by a daughter, Julie Rice Walters and her husband Tyler William Walters, of Ironton; a granddaughter, Maria Elizabeth Walters of Ironton; a grandson, Charles “Chase” Rice Walters of Ironton; a sister, Shirley Rice (Bob) Fleming of Warren; a brother, Philip Ray (Patricia) Rice of Ironton; two brother in-laws, Fred J. (Lela) Neville of Ironton and John A. (Pamela) Neville and several nieces and nephews.

Dick was a 1958 graduate of Ironton High School and received his associate’s degree from Ashland Business College. He was owner and operator of Dick’s Record and Music Shop for 50 years. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree, member of St. Joseph’s Men’s Choir and former director, chairman of Ironton Civil Service Board, former director and secretary of Lawco Lake, and former Ironton City Council member. He also served as the Republican chairman for Ronald Reagan in Lawrence County, Former Republican Central Committee member, former secretary of the Ironton Lions Club, member of the Ironton Business Association, Kentucky Colonel, and Tennessee Squire. Dick also served as a sergeant in the 216th Engineer Battalion of the Ohio National Guard.

In addition to all of Dick’s achievements, he was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ironton.

Visitation with the family will be 5 – 8 p.m., with the Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tracy Brammer Funeral Home in Ironton. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, by Father David H. Huffman at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial immediately thereafter at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions in his memory to Community Hospice 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 and Ironton Catholic Schools, 905 S. Sixth St.

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