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Jeff Rice, Sr.

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On August 18, 2021 @ 3:46 pm In 2021,Obituaries | 6 Comments

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A celebration of life will be held for Jeff Rice on Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 6:00 PM at the Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation in Prior Lake. A time of gathering for friends and family will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM. Family and friends who can’t attend in-person are able to stream the service at the following link: Jeff Rice, Sr. Funeral Service (Meeting ID: 819 1172 5496 / Passcode: 308044).

Jeff Rice, 78, passed away August 16th at 10:50pm. He was born on the 4th of July,1943 in Minneapolis to Frank and Irene Rice. Jeff called Prior Lake his home for most of his life, although he lived in Cape Coral, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada as well. He was a successful construction executive working for Ryan Construction, Grand Casino, and Boyd Gaming where he built casinos and superstores. He absolutely loved to hunt and fish, was an avid reader, and had a love-hate relationship with golf. Jeff was an artist at heart, he enjoyed painting wildlife pictures for his friends and family. One of his greatest joys was getting to watch his two grandsons play hockey. Jeff was a man of few words but had a heart of gold. In his later years he experienced multiple health issues and was a warrior until the very end.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Irene Rice, his brother, Greg Rice, and his sister Vickie Rice. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Kathy, sons Jeff (Ceci) Rice and Scott (Carrie) Rice, grandsons Joe and Sam Rice, and his beloved dog Moose.

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Condolence from Marylou Buss on August 18th, 2021 8:24 pm

Kathy and family. So sorry for your loss. At this difficult time remember the great memories you and Jeff had with your family and friends. Our thoughts – prayers and hugs are with you. Marylou and family.

Condolence from Jan Hertaus on August 19th, 2021 10:51 am

Kathy and family, so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Condolence from Angela and Dave on August 19th, 2021 11:27 am

Kathy and Family, We were so deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Jeff. Our heart goes out to you and your family. We will forever cherish the memories of our trips together over the past 10 years and the beautiful friendship we formed. May the beauty live on in your memories and give you peace. With love, hugs and kisses, Angela and Dave (Jenny and Wavey) Canada

Condolence from Christine Traxler on August 20th, 2021 8:08 am

I will always remember Jeff as just the kindest man – one of the best guys I have ever known. To say he had a “heart of gold” just doesn’t say enough. So many good memories of him… I feel so sorry for your loss in his passing, but I hope your love and memories of him sustain you now and forever.

Condolence from Dennis Reynolds on August 25th, 2021 7:24 pm

Well Jeff (Uncle Ben) we went through Benilde graduating in 1961. I remember you flying down the track and setting a new state record for sprinters. Needless to say the many social gatherings, late nights and why a certain young lady hung with you I’ll never know. Now you are at peace my friend and I’m sure you deserve the rest. Our crowd is fading fast, but we will leave our mark on this world. Our memories we will keep.

Condolence from Jolene Rice on August 25th, 2021 9:41 pm

Rest in peace Uncle.



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