RICE , Robert (Bob) L. Sr Robert (Bob) L. Rice Sr. 89, of Mesa, husband of Myreta Smith Rice of Lafayette, IN went to be with Our Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 24,2018 at Citrus Villa Care Home. Born in Buffalo, KS he was the son of the late Ruth Viola Popovich of Mesa. Bob enlisted in the Military immediately upon graduating from High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served three tours in Vietnam. He was an aircraft mechanic. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1976 after 25 years of service, as MSGT. At Travis A.F.B. Travis CA. He went on to attend Solano Community College from 1976 to 1980. Then he moved to Vallejo, CA. Where he worked at Chevron Refinery for the next 10 years as an operational engineer. In 1994 he moved to Mesa to be closer to his mother. He met his wife of 23 years, Myreta Smith Rice. He is survived by his wife, Myreta Smith Rice, Lafayette, IN; son, Larry Larrabee (Sharon) of Lafayette, IN; daughter, Linda Schlumber (Reinert) of New York, NY. His late wife, Rose Y. Rice of Fairfield, CA, daughter Ruth J. Rogers (Russell H. Rogers III) of Elk Grove, CA, son Robert (Bob) L. Rice, Jr. of Fort Bragg, CA, daughter, Rose Marie (Roe) Deadrich (Gabriel R. Deadrich of Vacaville, CA two granddaughters, Sienna C. Deadrich, of Vacaville, CA, Emmaline R. Deadrich, of Vacaville CA, one grandson, Jackson G. Deadrich, of Vacaville, CA. In addition to his Iate wife, Rose Y. Rice of Fairfield, CA, he was predeceased by son, Richard (Ricky) J. Rice of Fairfield, CA. Mr. Rice choose to be cremated. His wishes to have his remains scattered over the Pacific Ocean in Northern, CA. A private memorial service will be arranged at the time his remains are scattered. Think of him as living in the hearts of those…for nothing loved is ever lost…and he was loved so much. He received Hospice care for the last three years of his life. The family has requested in Lieu of flowers donations be made in Mr. Rice’s name to Southland Hospice 4527 N. 16 th St. #104, Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Published on June 3, 2018