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Obituaries > RICE, CHESTER

Funeral service for Chester Theodore Rice, 83, Coon Rapids, formerly of Spring Lake Park, took place March 6 at Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids. Rev. Rex Beyer officiated.

Rice died March 2 [2008]. He was born June 15, 1924 in Bovey to Raynard Rice and Maude Abar. He served in the Marines in the South Pacific in World War II and was awarded many medals, including two Purple Hearts. He spent 33 years at Minnegasco as a gas repair foreman before retiring in 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Eddie, Chuckie, Danny, Kenny, Gail and Denise; grandchildren, Dennis, Eric, Brian, Shawn, Christopher, Kirsten, Kimberly, April, Brent, Caroline, Phillip, Floyd, Crystal, Jean, Holly, Krista, Kerry, Nathan and Natalie; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tom Zeisimer, Jim Rice, John Austin, Gary Prince, Dick Druk and Scott Domogalla. Honorary pallbearer was Mike Pearson.

Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids.

Arrangements were by Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids.