January 4, 1932 — November 2, 2017
Clinton Gale Rice, 85, of Sweet Home passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017. He was born on a cold winter morning at the old Victorian house in Lebanon that once served as a hospital. Within a few days he was taken home to a small farm owned by his parents, Walter and Vergie Rice near the village of Holley. The farm was once part of land owned by his great-grandfather, James Norval Rice, a pioneer of 1850. Clint always cherished his pioneer heritage. He was a direct descendent of James Norval Rice who immigrated to the Oregon Territory in 1850.
He attended Holley grade school, a two room school, graduating from the eighth grade and then from Sweet Home High in 1950. During his years growing up he did field work on area farms and his parent’s family farm. After school he worked a short time in a small sawmill, then was employed in late 1951 by The Bank of Sweet Home where he worked for over 35 years. He saw many changes in that business from the use of dip pens to computers.
Clinton enjoyed restoring vintage cars, woodworking, gardening, and trips to the coast.
He loved the Lord and his family and delighted in their times together. He enjoyed attending St. Francis Episcopal Church in Sweet Home. He was a great reader in the later years and became a student of our country’s civil war years, collecting many books on the subject.
Clint is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara Ann (Brendle) Rice of Sweet Home; daughter Kathy and her husband Dick Litts of Lakeside; sons Duane and his wife Susi Rice of Denver, Colorado, Scott and his wife Edene Rice of Sweet Home; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his son Gary Alan Rice in 2013.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 9 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. www.sweethomefuneral.com