Born Sept. 13, 1934 in Joppa, Bob served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller for 20 years and worked as a union carpenter for many years.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the mountains and fishing.
Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Bonnie Rice; two daughters, Dawne Soderholm and husband Kraig and Shannon Cole; three sons Darren Rice and wife Denice, Tim Rice and Alan Rice; two stepsons, Ric Thoreson and wife Leesa and Troy Thoreson and wife Deo; one sister, Sue Fletcher; two brothers, John and Jerry Rice; and six grandchildren, Ryan, Jake, Robert, Blake, Jenny and Lauren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sarah Rice; one brother, Thomas “Sid” Rice; and one sister, Mary Lou Rice.
A memorial celebration was held Sept. 21 at Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home in Merced.
Military honors were provided by the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard.