James H. Rice


James H. Rice, 92, of Seymour, formerly of Brownstown, passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, at Covered Bridge Health Campus.

Born June 1, 1924, he was the son of Leslie and Addeline Hopper Rice, both of whom preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ray “Shorty” Drager. He married Marilyn Hanners, who preceded him in death in 1961. On April 25, 1965, he married Leora May Hanners, and she preceded him in death June 28, 2013.

James was a member of the United States Navy during World War II and was a civil engineer for the state of Indiana from 1949 until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and Sunday school superintendent for many years. He graduated from Notre Dame University and was a Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of the American Legion, Scottish Rite and Washington Lodge 113 Free & Accepted Masons, where he served as secretary/treasurer for numerous years.

Survivors include two sons, James S. (Dona) Rice of Carmel, and Brian D. (Kellie) Rice of Indialantic, Florida; a daughter, Paula J. (Ronnie) Roberts of Brownstown; a sister, Linda (Jon) Louden of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Jami (Derick) Stuckwisch, Kirby (Justin) Stacks, Aimee (Aaron) Killey, Erin Solis, Spencer Roberts and Ethan Rice; six great-grandchildren, Jack Stuckwisch, Hank Stuckwisch, Grant Killey, Brielle Killey, Owen Killey and Grady Stacks; two stepgrandchildren, Jon (Casey) Wright and Jenny (David) Brown; and a stepgreat-grandson, Zach Brown.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown with Pastor Steve Gommel officiating.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, with full military honors to be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7.

Memorials may be given to donor’s choice of charity.

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