James Leroy Rice, age 88, of Homer City, went to be with his true love, Dorothy, on December 10, 2020. James was born on May 16, 1932 to the late Mark and Annie (Blystone) Rice.
He married Dorothy Engle on July 3, 1954. Together they had three loving children, Scott, Denise, and Bruce.
Jim served in The United States Air Force from 1950 to 1970 before his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion Post #493 and the Elks Lodge #931. In his past time he and his wife dedicated their time driving children to the Shriners Hospital for necessary treatments. Jim also made many charitable contributions to St. Jude's Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the United States Humane Society, and many more. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his grand-dog, Harley. You could always find him sitting on the front porch watching the hummingbirds and rubbing Harley's belly.
He is survived by his children, Scott (Lek) Rice of Indiana, Denise (Ken) Getty of Homer City, and Bruce (Candi) Rice of Indiana; grandchildren Melissa (David) Bocz of Lucernemines,
Erin (Joseph) Rice-Petrillo of Indiana, Briana (Joseph) Abel of Homer City, Nicole (Daryl) Dunmire of Indiana and Brett Muir of Indiana; great grandchildren, Ian and Peyton Bocz, Eliza and Penny Petrillo, and Alec Dunmire He is also survived by his sister, Virginia Bell of Homer City and several nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Engle) Rice; parents, Mark and Annie (Blystone) Rice; great grand-daughter Angel Bocz; and siblings Pete,
Twila, Dorothy, Edna, and Mary. James would want to thank Dr. Cash for all of the care that he gave over the years.
Friends will be received Sunday, December 13th from 2-8PM at the Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Homer City. A Funeral Service will be
held Monday, December 14th at 11AM at the Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services Chapel with Pastor Kal Henry officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Indiana.
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