Clarence Gene Rice, age 89, of Kimball, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ostmark Lutheran Church near Watkins, with Rev. Joe Midthun officiating. Burial will follow at Ostmark Lutheran Cemetery. The services will be livestreamed on the Dingmann Funeral Care website, and on the Ostmark Lutheran Church Facebook page.
Visitation without family present will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball. Attendees are asked to respect the distancing and mask mandates when in attendance at any of the published services.
Clarence Gene Rice was born March 5, 1931, at the family farm in Meeker County, to Clarence and Alice “Sinnie” (Gulso) Rice. Gene attended a country school in North Kingston Township; he later earned his Graduate Equivelent Diploma.
Gene was united in marriage to Jean Marie Benson June 16, 1951, at Knapp Lutheran Church, near Cokato. They made their home on the farmstead, where they raised their two children. Gene and Jean were blessed with 44 years of marriage, before Jean’s death in 1995.
Gene honorably served his country at Fort Campbell, KY, during the Korean War. Upon his discharge, he returned home and continued farming. In the winter months, Gene worked as the outside hill manager at Powder Ridge.
Gene was united in marriage to Jan (Lingen) Nelson, Aug. 19, 2007. They enjoyed wintering in Mesa, AZ.
Gene was an active member of his church, Ostmark Lutheran, as well as a member of the Kingston American Legion 483. He also served on the District 3 School Board.
In his spare time, Gene enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and antique tractors. He loved to travel, but his greatest enjoyment in life came from spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.
Gene is survived by his wife, Jan of Kimball; children, Pamela (Delroy) Hilary of Watkins, and Timothy (Lori) Rice of Eagan and South Haven; six grandchildren, Jesse Hilary, Alyssa Pauls, Bethany Schwartz, Ryan Rice, Raymen Rice, and Riley Rice; 10 great-grandchildren, Braden Hilary, Kody Pauls, Hayley and Hayden Schwartz, Tatem Hilary, Harvey and Norah Rice, Dakota, Payton and Kamryn Rice; step-children, Kevin Nelson of Montrose, and Val (Steve) Barnes of Howard Lake; four step-grandchildren; seven great-step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Rice; nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean; parents, Clarence and Alice; sister, Clarice Kruger; and brothers, George and Jerry.
Gene’s grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Ryan Rice will provide music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Kimball. Obituary, guestbook, video tribute, and funeral webcast are online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.