RICE, John Charles, of Mechanicsville, Va., beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on May 2, 2019, at the age of 71, after a four-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. John was predeceased by his parents, John Hanley Rice and Catherine Baumann Rice; and his youngest son, Christopher L. Rice. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Lori; children, Jennifer C. Rice and John Erik Rice; stepchildren, Wesley A. Russell (Michelle) and Arwen E. Russell; and four granddaughters. John was an only child and spent his youth in Kentucky and Ohio. He moved to Mechanicsville during high school and graduated from Lee Davis. After studying for a year at RPI, he enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam, where he earned a Bronze Star. Afterwards, he was employed by DuPont DeMours Company, where he worked for 39 years as a pipefitter and master plumber. John had a true zest for life, enjoying hunting, fishing, canoeing and dancing. He had a playful nature that he maintained throughout the length of his illness and loved to tease and laugh. A wake and celebration of John’s life was held on May 11, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Calabash Seafood & Club Midway in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The funeral service was held at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia at 3 p.m. May 14, 2019. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Shenandoah Unit at Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center for the excellent and compassionate care he received during the past two years. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to to the Sitter & Barfoot Foundation, c/o Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center, Attn: Finance, 1601 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, Va. 23224, the Richmond Fisher House and Foundation, richmondfisherhouse.org or the Rick Sharp Alzheimer’s Foundation, www.ricksharpalz.org.

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