OBITUARY

Lavern Francis Rice

August 26, 1925November 19, 2018
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Lavern Francis Rice, 93, of Lake Jackson, Texas went to be with the Lord on November 19, 2018 in Houston, Texas. He was born on August 26, 1925 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska to Frank and Jessie Rice. He fell in love, and married Lucy Elizabeth Newton in Monticello, Mississippi on June 27, 1947.

In Lavern's youth, he enjoyed playing football, baseball, basketball, and golf sharing his love for sports with his son Mark, who raced motorcycles in high school, and grandson Christopher. Lavern loved playing the snare drums and singing in the Chorale Choir where he met his soon to be wife, Lucy Newton.

Lavern was working on his graduate degree in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin when he was called to serve his country during the Korean War for the Marine Corps. He had a long and distinguished career in the military achieving the rank of Colonel. The latter part of his military career, he was a Commanding Officer for the Marine Reserve units in Austin, Houston, and Beaumont. While working at Dow Chemical Company as a corrosion engineer, and later became a superintendent of the MAG cells Department, where his department obtained the record of 2 million Safe Man Hours without a disabling injury in under a year’s time. Lavern retired from Dow Chemical Company with well over 20 years of employment.

Lavern is preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Frank Rice.

He is survived by his wife, of 71 years, Lucy Rice; son Mark Rice; and grandson, Christopher Rice.

A Gathering to Share Memories of Lavern will be held at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson TX, on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Visitation will start at 10 a.m.; Service at 11:00 a.m.; and Lunch to be served at noon.

  • FAMILY

  • Lucy Elizabeth Rice, Wife
  • Mark Rice, Son
  • Christopher Rice, Grandson

Services

  • A Gathering to Share Memories of Lavern Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Biography

Ish was born on August 26, 1925 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska to Frank and Jessie Rice. Lavern married Betty Newton in Monticello, Mississippi on June 29, 1949.
In Lavern’s youth, he enjoyed playing football, baseball, and basketball. When he was in college, Lavern loved playing the snare drums and singing in the Chorale Choir. Lavern was working on his Doctoral degree in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin; when he was called to serve his country during the Korean War in the Marine Corps. Lavern had a long and distinguished career making the rank of Colonel. During his commission, he was stationed in North Carolina, California, Louisiana, and Tennessee. While stationed in Tennessee, he had the opportunity work on the nuclear fission bombs. He was also a Commanding Officer for the Marine Reserve units in the Austin, Houston, and Beaumont areas. After his service in the Corps, he remained being pro military and proud of his service. Lavern began his second career working at Dow Chemical working as a corrosion engineer and then becoming a superintendent of the MAG cells. Lavern retired from Dow Chemical with over 20 years of service. Lavern shared his love and passion for sports with his son, Mark; by taking him to play a round of golf every weekend.