Kenneth L. Rice, 67, of Victorville, Calif., died Jan. 28, 2004. he was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Sheldon, Mo. Ken served in Korea once and Vietnam twice. He received many distinguished medals. After serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, he retired in 1976. Ken worked at Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station as a R.F. Operator. Ken also worked at Fort Irwin under government contract.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Rice, of Victorville, Calif.; four children, Leslie Rice, Heyburn, Idaho., Carri Rice, Dallas, Texas, Bobbie Neal, Sherman, Texas and Tim Rice of Paul, Idaho.; six grandchildren; three siblings, Vestal Adams, Jerome, Idaho., Loretta Smith, Filer, Idaho., and Gilma Pilcher, Nevada, Mo.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Vina Adams-Rice, his father, John Rice and a brother, Worlie Adams.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 13, at Victor Valley Mortuary from 5 to 8 p.m. Full military honors memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., at First Assembly of God Church, 15260 Nisqualli Road, Victorville, CA. Interment will be in Gem Memorial Gardens, Burley, Idaho. In lieu of flowers the family suggests making your check payable to UCLA Lung Transplant Foundation, 924 Westwood Blvd., Suite 825, Los Angeles, CA 90095 in memory of Kenneth L. Rice and/or to UCLA Lymphoma Research Foundation, 924 Westwood Blvd., Suite 825, Los Angeles, CA 900953.