John F. Rice, 74, died peacefully at home surrounded by family, after a very brief battle with cancer, on Saturday, July 4, 2009.
John was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 21, 1935 to John F. and Mary K. Rice. He graduated from Perham High School, in Perham, Minnesota in 1953. He went to North Dakota University on a football scholarship and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1958. He was drafted into the United States Army, and served two years in Germany.
In 1961 John married is sweetheart Joanne P. Ledermann. They started their life together in Roseburg, Oregon, where John was a forester for the BLM. They had two children before relocating to Core d' Alene, Idaho in 1963 where they had two more children to complete their family. In 1976 John was promoted and moved with his family to Boise, Idaho, where he has spent the last 33 years.
He was a long time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and spent many years as a member of the choir and in the Knights of Columbus.
John loved Idaho and sharing his knowledge of this state and its forests. He enjoyed and was known for his love of music and always had his guitar with him ready to play and sing.
When Joanne died after 33 years of marriage he reunited with his high school sweetheart, Barbara Martodam. They were blessed to have eight wonderful years of marriage, spending time in both Boise and Perham, and enjoyed many wonderful vacations together.
Survivors are his loving wife and companion Barbara Martodam of Perham, Minnesota, two daughters Marlene Dodd, and son-in-law Randy, of Eagle, Jennifer Schabot and son-in-law Chad, of Meridian, two sons Jim Rice and daughter-in-law Leslie, of Utah, Mike Rice and daughter-in-law Julie, of Nampa, his sister Judy Ethridge. He has ten wonderful grandchildren Eric, Josh, Cassidy, Reagan, Jesse, Spencer, Dillon, Nathan, Luke, and Kyle. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife Joanne (Ledermann) Rice and his mother Mary (Young) Walburg.
It is never easy to say good-bye, but the time has come. Like John said in his final hours of life here on earth, "I raised four strong kids and you will be okay." We will. Good-bye to our beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend.
There will be a funeral service on Wednesday, July 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 811 S. Latah in Boise. Burial will be in Perham, Minnesota. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. Condolences may be left for the family at www.accentfuneral.com.
John had requested in lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to a charity of your choice.