Donald Leroy "Puddin" Rice, the son of Frank J. and Esther (Leckron) Rice, was born in the rural Bantry home of his parents on Nov. 29, 1940. He died at the age of 72 years on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot.
Donny was raised in the Layton Township, McHenry County, home of his parents, was baptized at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church in Upham and received his education in Layton Township School. He worked on the family farm and for the Thompson-Christianson Ranch for several years until being inducted into the U.S. Army in the early 1960s. He was given an honorable hardship discharge after serving 18 months to return to the family ranch and farm as his father had become disabled. He has made his home, owned and operated the ranch ever since. Early in his youth, he was fondly nicknamed "Rice Puddin" and later the name shortened to "Puddin." Donny loved the ranch and farm life and took great pride in its operation. He also was a sort of jack-of-all-trades and could repair almost anything brought to him ... and it stayed repaired! In his eyes, like Henry Ford, you could have any color as long as it was red. He was a member of the Ranchers Scale and enjoyed shooting the bull with friends and family.
Survivors include: one sister, Sharon (James) Jansky of Towner; three brothers, Eugene "Gene," Gary and David, all of Towner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one sister, Delores Jones; a niece, Linda Jones; a nephew, Larry Jones; and one sister-in-law, Mary Rice.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church in Upham due to construction at the Zion Lutheran Church in Towner. Pastor Linda Wimmer, officiating.
Burial will be Monday in the Union Cemetery in Towner at 4:30 p.m.
Visitation will be today (Sunday) from 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Towner. Reviewal will be held in the church for one hour prior to the time of services.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: (www.funeralsbyanderson.com).