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RICE, Leonard Derald

January 3, 1930 – November 21, 2011

Leonard Derald Rice beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the age of 81 years.

Len was born on January 3, 1930, the second of five children to Otis Scott and Artence Rice, in Claresholm, Alberta. He spent his childhood in Claresholm, serving in the RCAF as a junior cadet. He served two and a half years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the islands of Samoa.

Len returned to the University of Alberta to earn a degree in Civil Engineering. He married his sweetheart, Holly Ruth Fisher, in 1953 in the Cardston Temple. They raised four daughters and one son. Len took his family to the United States, moving to many locations over twenty years. To the delight of Ruth, they returned to Canada in 1996.

Len had many adventures, and saw many parts of the world through travel and business, but there was no place more dear to him and Ruth than Waterton Lakes National Park. Len and Ruth’s happiest times were summers spent together in their cabin, surrounded by family and the beautiful mountains.

Len learned to fly and loved the freedom of flight. He enjoyed the business world, where he focused on the oil and gas industry. His last years were spent in Yuma, AZ, Waterton Lakes, and recently in Cardston, Alberta. He is loved by his family and will be missed dearly.

Len was predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth in 2009. He is survived by daughters, Cindy (Shelby) Beattie, Suzanne Ledbetter, Bobbi (Chris) Brook and Julie (Kenneth) Stoker; son Michael (Shauna) Rice; nineteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings, Millard Rice, Velma Clarke and Bill (Karen) Rice.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sundance Chapel (100 Sunpark Drive S.E.) on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be held in the Hillspring Cemetery, Hillspring, Alberta at 3:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Leonard Rice, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Stephen & Cecile Thomas :

    Suzanne,
    Cecile & I want to let you know how sorry we are for the lost of your father. It’s never easy to lose a loved one. Just know our prayers are with you

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  2. Davawn and Connie Beattie :

    We are so sorry about the death of your father and our friend. We pray that we will remember all those wonderful time we had with your Mother and father and family. Sorry we were not able to be with the family in Canada.

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  3. Laurel Walker Udall :

    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of dear Brother Rice! How we loved him and his wife and family! Waterton will not be the same without him there! At least he is happy to be reunited with Ruthie. Love, Laurel Walker Udall

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  4. Duncan McKillop :

    TO ALL THE RICE FAMILY WE EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES. WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE COUNTRY BUT ONLY RECENTLY HEARD FROM MICHAL OF YOUR FATHERS PASSING AND HIS FUNERAL.
    BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL.
    BARBARA AND DUNCAN MCKILLOP

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  5. What a great man. Lenny always put a smile on my face when I had the opportunity to visit with him in Waterton. Although it was only his final years, I am honored to have met him and to have learned from him. He loved his wife. He loved his family. And he had a full, fun filed life!

    Many warm feelings of love and support to all of the family who are dearly missing him.

    Max Low

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  6. Uncle Lenny, you always made me feel like I was your favorite nephew, I have so many great memories coming to your cabin in Waterton, kayaking around the boat docks and riding the double bikes with my best cousin Mike. please give my love to Aunt Ruth,
    Love and respect, Chad Clarke

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