Donald LeRoy Rice

March 28, 1927August 18, 2013

Donald Leroy Rice, born March 28, 1927 in Holt, the son of the late Lester and Genevieve (Garner) Rice, passed away August 18, 2013 at the age of 86. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II serving in the South Pacific. He worked for General Motors/Fisher Body in Lansing for 37½ years, retiring in 1981. He was very active in the churches he attended in Michigan and Florida and taught children and youth Sunday School classes for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Don was a very generous man, always there to help anyone who needed it. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Bettie Hart; sons Donald Robert Rice and Donald LeRoy Rice II. Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Ruth A. Rice; three daughters, Susan (Roger) Adsit, Patricia Stoye and Ruth Ann Griffin; one son, William J. (Amy) Rice; nine grandchildren, Amanda Adsit, Gabriel and Sergio Griffin, Angela (Nabil) Kanazeh, Ronald (Lisa) Rawlings, Donald (DJ) and Nicole Rice, Christine (Mike Ryan) Stoye and Carrie (Wesley) Swanson; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Billie Smith and Bonnie Whitehead. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Grovenburg United Methodist Church, 1368 Grovenburg Rd., Holt, MI with Pastor William Beachy of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00~8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. The family wishes to thank Great Lakes Caring Hospice and Don's nurse, Tammy, for the wonderful care they provided to Don and their support of his family. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2013

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August 21, 2013

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My schedule does not allow me to stop by tonight. I know he was a good man. Ruth, we go way back when we worked at "Little Napoleon" Pohl Agency. Sorry for your loss. Tell the family hello for me. Joe Rademacher (Grand Ledge)

Pastor John Price

August 20, 2013

I was Don's pastor at Trilby UMC in Florida. Don was a wonderful husband, father, friend and the best example of a Christian that I have ever seen. My prayer is that God will give all of his family and friends a peace, love and comfort during this difficult time.

David & Jean Bennett

August 20, 2013

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the family. Donald Rice was a very fine man and we are confident that his faith has helped him through some difficult times. We wish we could have known him more. He is in a better place now.

Bob and Michele Purosky

August 20, 2013

Our heartfelt condolences to Sue, Pat, and family.