William “Bill” Rice, 81, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Life Care Center in Andover. He was born May 13, 1936, in Wichita, to Blane and Lorena (Schuneman) Rice. On June 14, 1973, he married Nancy Adamsat Sedgwick, and she survives of the home. He was a member of the St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Wichita.
Bill was a retired sheet-metal worker for Cessna Aircraft. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and enjoyed spending time hunting in Marion County. Camping was a pasttime he enjoyed with his wife and family, and spent many weekends at either Marion or East Lakes. Bill enjoyed tinkering in his shop and could fix anything around the house. His greatest love was that of his family, and he enjoyed his time with his family and many friends and will be remembered for his storytelling ability.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home; one daughter Debra (Gary) Everitt of Cheney; two sons Darrin Rice of Startup, Wash., and Brian (Gina) Rice of Sedgwick; two stepchildren Mike Adams of Indiana and Lynda (Tom) Stamback of Halstead; one sister Jonita Moore of Wichita; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents and one grandson Jeremy Adams.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with Pastor Terry Wiechman presiding. Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday morning. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Sedgwick.
Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.