|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1932|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1998|
CAPT US NAVY VIETNAM
Capt. Gary L. Rice, 65, a retired Navy meteorologist who enjoyed farming and lobstering, died here Saturday after a six-year battle with cancer. He was born in Portland, a son of Federick and Hildegarde Harmon Rice. Besides Maine Maritime, he attended Navy post-graduate school in California.
During most of his 29 years in the Navy, Capt. Rice was a meteorologist. He served in a variety of locations, including Newfoundland, Norfolk, Va., Iceland and Washington, D.C. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, he was serving aboard the USS Okinawa. The ship was part of a convoy of warships sent to the region by former President John F. Kennedy to stop the establishment of Russian missile bases on the island.
Capt. Rice retired in 1979 as associate deputy director for the Naval Fleet Weather Service in Washington, later known as the Naval Oceanographic Command. After retiring he bought a farm on Jesse Robbins Road in Belfast. Mr. Rice worked his second career as a farmer raising tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, pumpkins and numerous other vegetables to sell at his small farm stand on the corner of his property. He also worked as a lobsterman, did some animal trapping, chopped his own fire wood, and raised and sold many quarts of raspberries annually. ''He even tapped some maple trees,'' said his wife.
Mr. Rice came to his Navy career after first serving as a merchant mariner. He had graduated from Maine Maritime Academy, and served about two years at sea before enlisting.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Ernestine ''Bunny'' Rice of Belfast; a son, Gregory C. of Maryland; a daughter, Deborah A. Wright of Virginia; a brother, Richard H. of Scarborough; two grandchildren, Marshall R. Wright of Virginia and Matthew T. Rice of Maryland. (Portland Press Herald 1/14/1998)
Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery Old
Plot: SECTION Q ROW 34 SITE 17
Created by: Bev Winship
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48571985
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