Aug 12, 2012 - StaffRobert Wrex Rice, 55, a former Fremont County resident, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Greeley, Colo.
A memorial service was Friday, Aug. 3, at Greeley Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Robert Rice was born Jan. 13, 1957, in Cheyenne, to Connie Sharon Caster Regan (Rice) and Robert Millard Rice.
He spent the first few years of his life living in both Cheyenne and Horse Creek. Throughout his life, he lived in Rolla, Mo., St. Louis, Fort Collins, Colo., Lander, Riverton, Tularosa, N.M., and Greeley, Colo., his final home.
He worked in construction for the majority of his life. Five years ago he obtained his Medical Assistant Certificate, a Phlebotomy Certification, Certified Nursing Assistant, EKG Tech., and Emergency Medical Tech.
He was accepted into the nursing program at Aims Community College and anticipated starting the program Aug. 22, 2012.
He worked as a CNA for Hope Therapy Center at both Hope Therapy Apartments and Camelot Apartments starting in 2011.
His family said his place of tranquility had always been deep in the mountains where he loved to spend his summers with family and friends.
His last camping trip was spent with his daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.
He is survived by his children, Michelle Rice (Andy Hermance) and Chris Madden (Amber Self); his grandchildren, Aspen, Nature, Fey, Jaxson and Aleana; parents Connie and John Regan and Robert and Kathy Rice; siblings LeiLani Glaser, Sharon Cleveland, Terry Rice, Larry Rice, Connie Coates, Kathy Fitterling and Melinda Rice; his AA family; his work family; his nieces and nephews; and close friends Larissa Cleveland (who was always like a second daughter), Tom Barnes (who was like a brother), Jerry Roth, Cathy Frantz and Pastor John Martin (who were a great support to him); and his grandparents, Wrex and Minnibell Caster.
A memorial fund has been established for Robert in care of Michelle Rice, P.O. Box 1383, LaPorte, CO 80535.
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