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Rice, Donald August 31, 1926 - December 9, 2020

Donald “Don” Rice, 94, of Lowry City, Missouri passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Don was born on August 31, 1926 in Athol, Kansas and was the youngest son of ten children born to Thomas and Grace Rice. Don attended school in Athol until high school, where he graduated from Lowry City High School in 1945. On July 31, 1949, Don married Bette Stehwien at Lowry City United Methodist Church. Don worked for Sears – Cleveland Store in Kansas City for 27 years. In 1978, after raising their family in Raytown, Missouri, Bette and Don moved to the Snyder family farm in Lowry City where he raised cattle. Don was an active member of the Lowry City United Methodist Church and supported the local Boy Scouts of America Troop 437. He was a good friend and neighbor to all who knew him.

Don was survived by his wife of 71 years, Bette Rice, son Chris Rice (Sidney) of Schererville, Indiana and daughter Lea Ann Sprague of Leawood, Kansas. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Daniel Rice (Lauren), Mary Lea Walston (Casey), Max Sprague, Harrison Rice, Elliott Rice, and Garrett Sprague, his great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and William Rice; Caroline, Ruby and Katherine Walston, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lowry City Boy Scout Troop 437, c/o Hurley Mahan, 2980 NE Highway A, Lowry City, MO 64763.


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    Kathy Stehwien says

    Uncle Don will surely be missed. We always enjoyed visiting with them, even tough it hasn’t been a lot lately. I’m glad we got down there a while back, although we had a hard time getting in. Don wasn’t home and Bette couldn’t get to the door to let us in, haha Had a nice visit though. Love Bud and Kathy

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    Jon & Rina Burke says

    Mr. Don – you have touched our little family’s hearts and souls so deeply. We will miss your visits so very much. We will miss your kindness and beautiful soul. I will miss running into you at Landmark. You were like a grandpa to me! Thank you for everything you have done for us – but mostly for your Christ-like attitude and faithful service! Your absence is felt deeply. I am still keeping an eye out for you to drive by our house on your way to/from Landmark. With lots of love, The Burke Family.

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    Rina Burke says

    On behalf of everyone at Grace Christian Academy, Lowry City, I would like to express our deepest condolences and most heartfelt sympathy to the Rice Family at this time…..especially Ms. Bette. Mr. Don – thank you for your commitment and faithful service to so many in our community. May your legacy live on in the many hearts and lives you touched.
    With lots of love,
    Rina Burke

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