Dale W. Rice, age 60, of Huntington, went to be with his Lord Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2:12 pm at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was a 1978 graduate of Blackford County High School, attended Manchester College, and graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in 1981. He served his apprenticeship in Huntington under Bob Deal, then moved to Ohio where he later purchased the Rice Funeral Homes in Bryan and Sherwood and Hamilton, IN. After selling those businesses he purchased Deal-Rice Funeral Homes- Huntington, Andrews and Roanoke. He attended New Hope United Brethren Church, where he was chairperson of the Helping Hands Ministry and served on the Missions and Personnel Relations committees, was a member of Huntington Amity Lodge #483 F&AM, Past Master Sherwood Lodge #620 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo, Nickle Plate Road Historical & Technical Society, Roanoke Lions Club, past board vice president of Huntington Humane Society. He was an avid collector and chaser of trains, enjoyed bowling, and was a skilled handyman.
Dale was born October 20, 1959, in Muncie, a son of Francis C. and Patricia Ann (Dinkel) Rice. On August 31, 1980 he married his beloved wife of 39 years Cindy Baughman in Defiance, OH. She survives in Huntington. Also surviving are a daughter Monica Rice of McPherson, Kansas, brother Doug Rice of Gaston, sister Lisa Rice of Muncie, mother & father- in- law Carl & Sharon Baughman of Lakeland, FL, brothers- in- law Steve (Claudia) Baughman of Lakeland, FL and Tracy (Heather) Baughman of Temperance, MI, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Richard “Rick” Rice.
A drive-by visitation will be held Thursday April 23, from 4-6 pm and Friday, April 24, from 3-5 & 6-8 pm at Deal-Rice Funeral Home-Huntington Chapel and Saturday April 25 from 10 AM- 12 noon at Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren, Defiance prior to the 12:00 noon graveside service in Poplar Ridge Cemetery. Pastors Amos Rawley and Ben Polzen will officiate.
Preferred memorials are to New Hope United Brethren Church or Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren c/o Deal-Rice Funeral Home, 338 E Washington St., Huntington, IN 46750.
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