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Verlyn Rice Creston

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 11:02 a.m. CDT

Verlyn Rice, 86, of Creston died Sept. 12, 2013, at Greater Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St., with Masonic Rites by Circle Lodge No. 555 A.F. and A.M. of Prescott. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Interment will be in Bohemian Cemetery in Adams County with military honors by Williamson American Legion Post No. 719. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. today with family present 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Williamson American Legion Post No. 719 and/or the Bohemian Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

Verlyn Clifford Rice, son of Clara Gladys (Vicker) and Clifford Allen Rice, was born April 3, 1927, in Nevinville.

Verlyn attended school at Colony No. 4 and graduated from Nevinville High School in 1944.

After graduation, Verlyn attended Commercial Extension in Omaha, Neb., and worked for Sherwin Williams Paint Company.

In March 1945, Verlyn enlisted in the United States Navy and served boot camp at the Great Lakes Training Center. Upon completion of boot camp, he was assigned to the Battleship Washington and served in the South Pacific. After a few months, he was sent to Odak in the Aleutians, then to Kodiak, Alaska, where he was assigned as personal messenger to Admiral Daubin who was commander of the 7th Naval District.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy in June of 1946, Verlyn returned to farm with his father.

On Aug. 31, 1946, Verlyn married Alice Lavern Thompson at the Methodist Church in Creston.

Alice died April 23, 2000.

Verlyn served as township clerk for many years. He was also elected to Nevinville School Board, where he served for 14 years. Verlyn was active in the American Legion and V.F.W. He helped form the Legion in Old Williamson Hall. He served as commander and district commander. Verlyn was head of the Children and Youth Committee for the state. He was elected state vice-commander, and then was endorsed for state commander.

In 1979, Verlyn ran for county supervisor in Adams County, and he served in that position for 24 years, retiring in 2004.

Verlyn was a member of Circle Lodge No. 555 A.F. and A.M. of Prescott.

On Dec. 28, 2002, Verlyn married Mickey Hiley in Griswold.

Verlyn is survived by his second wife Mickey (Hiley) Rice of Griswold; son Greg (Peggy) Rice of Creston; grandchildren, Robin (Levi) Buxton, Jake Rice, Chad (Lacey) Rice and Jeremiah Rice; great-grandchildren, Kirby and Cooper Rice and Annalice Buxton; sister Doris (Orville) Lines of Creston; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his first wife, Verlyn was preceded in death by his parents.

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