~~Daniel Charles Rice, 97, of Green Village, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
He was born on July, 8, 1920, in Consort, Alberta, Canada to the late John and Hilda Rice before moving to Chatham, New Jersey where he ultimately met and married his wife, Marie Murray formerly of New York.
As a young boy, Mr. Rice loved to hunt, trap, fish, and plow the fields at his family’s home. In 1939, he graduated from Chatham High School and shortly thereafter, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As a radio airman in the 129th AACS squadron, he served in the China Burma India Campaign, and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.
After the war, Mr. Rice began what turned out to be a long career in the overhead industrial door business. In 1964, he created Doors, Inc. along with his lifelong friend and partner, Walter Gebert. He remained President of his company for 50 years before turning the reins over to his son, Fred who worked by his side. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in the business.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie, of 69 years, his daughters, Diane Spalding and her husband Carl of Naples. FL, Elaine True and her husband Stephen of Darien, CT, his son Frederick of Green Village, NJ; seven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Frederick Rice and a sister Margaret Diffenbaugh.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the William A. Bradley and Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street in Chatham. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Church of Christ the King, 16 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed in his name to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. For more info, or to send condolences to the family, visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com