|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 2013|
Teddy Max Rice was born Dec.15, 1924, in Sun City, Kan., to Wiley Daniel Rice and Flora Etta (Florence Eda) Williams. He slipped away peacefully in Scappoose at the home of his son on Dec. 7, 2013, just a week before his 89th birthday.
Ted was the youngest of six children. His early years were spent in Kansas and Missouri. He was particularly fond of the years spent at Lake Meade, Kan., where his father was State biologist. Ted was an accomplished farmer in Jasper, Mo., tending 160 acres with a draft team. Ted joined the U.S. Army and fought in World War II, making the Invasion of Normandy while serving with the 65th Infantry Division, 259th Infantry Regiment when it arrived with the second wave on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944. His unit fought their way across northern France, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria, fighting until the war's end, and all without a scratch.
Ted married his sweetheart Rosella Smith on Nov.3, 1947, in Sioux City, Iowa. They moved to the Portland/Vancouver area before settling in Scappoose in 1952. He joined the United States Army Corp of Engineers where he worked on river dredges throughout Oregon. He moved up the ranks to become Captain of the pipeline dredge ‘Multnomah.' Rice Island, the only completely dredged river island, was named in his honor. It is now a productive wildlife habitat near Tongue Point on the lower Columbia River.
In 1969, Ted was critically injured in a dredge accident while working on the Columbia River near Longview, Wash. Not expected to survive, he was evacuated to the hospital, given just three days to live. Then three months. Then six months. Finally the doctors said, "Who knows?" Being a soldier and a river man he was a tough old bird, which has been proved all these years. Sometimes a hard man, he did have a heart of gold especially for family.
His life would be the story of a great adventure lasting 89 years. He lived life the way he wished unless life threw him a curve. His family and those who knew him have fond memories of him. He was kind and always fair; a tough man who will be tougher to follow. He was a life member of the Masonic Lodge.
Ted and Rosie were married for 55 loving years. She preceded him in death in 2002. He is survived by his family, who love and will miss him: children, Linda Sue Scott (Cliff) of Deer Island, Ted M. Rice Jr. (Phyllis) of Scappoose and Carol Jean Baker (Carl) of Evanston, Wyo. Ted and Rosie have 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ted is also survived by his devoted sister, Ruth Rice Mathis of Laguna Hills, Calif., sister-in-law Helen Rice of Jasper, Mo., numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
The family wishes to thank Community Hospice for their loving care. Graveside services with military honors were held. Inurnment at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.
Life is so much sweeter when you say, I Love You, to those you hold dear.
Wiley Rice (1880 - 1958)
Flora Rice (1883 - 1943)
Rosella Smith Rice (1928 - 2002)
Created by: Chris Bergstrom
Record added: Dec 08, 2013
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