OBITUARY

Bob Rice

August 25, 1944February 4, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Charles Rice was born on August 25,1944, at Capitol Hill General Hospital in OKC, OK to Leslie and Esther Rice. Bob was a proud Norman resident his entire life, growing up on S. Flood Street, next to Norman Firehouse #2 and Lions Park. It was here that he formed many of his best childhood memories while attending McKinley Elementary, playing with neighborhood friends, and becoming the City of Norman Junior Tennis Champ. Bob could often be found next door with the local fireman, where he affectionately earned the special nickname, “Dip.” Bob graduated from Norman High School in 1962 and then attended Oklahoma State Tech in Okmulgee, OK, where he graduated with a degree in Lithography. Bob took great pride in his lifelong printing career, beginning his first job with Hooper Printing, where he worked in the bindery. He later joined the Transcript Press in Norman in 1960. He began his career in the back doing etching and plating, then later moved into sales and management. Bob retired as General Manager of the Transcript Press in 2000 after 40 years of dedicated service with a life’s worth of friends.

Bob relished life and was the epitome of a happy man, happiest in his hometown with his family and his pets. He loved all things OU, Norman history, collecting antiques, drag racing, Halloween, beagles, and occasionally schooling neighborhood kids on his driveway basketball court. Bob loved coaching his girls’ teams in basketball and softball when they were growing up. He also enjoyed photography as an extension of his career in the printing business, capturing great photos of OU football, his family, and his town. He loved his community and was actively involved in many organizations. Some of his favorites included The Sooner Lions Club, Norman Chamber of Commerce, and all aspects of Norman History, where he devoted countless hours researching, writing and storytelling. A man of integrity, Bob was a friend to all he met and truly treasured each of these relationships; he delighted in any opportunity to humor or entertain others. Bob met and married the love of his life, Shirley, in 1974. He loved spending time with his daughters and family and later being a very special “GrandBob” to their children.

Bob’s legacy lives on through his loving wife of 44 years, Shirley Rice, his daughter Tracy Murdock, her husband, Darren, and grandsons Myles and Mitchell Murdock; his daughter Terri Rice Welborn, and grandson, Matthew Welborn; and his daughter Angie Martin, her husband Ron, and granddaughter, Gracie Martin. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Leslie H. Rice and Esther Rice, and by his brother James H. Rice. The family would like to graciously thank Dr. Paul Plusquellec, the staff of Autumn Leaves Memory Care and Kindful Hospice Care for their attentiveness and caring during our time with them. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association https://www.lbda.org/go/honor-and-memorial-gifts or the Cleveland County Historical Society https://www.normanmuseum.org/.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. at McFarlin United Methodist Church, with a reception directly following. Please feel free to wear your OU spirit wear as a way to celebrate Bob’s life.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com

  • FAMILY

  • Shirley Rice, Loving Wife Of 44 Years
  • Tracy (Darren) Murdock, Daughter
  • Myles Murdock, Grandson
  • Mitchell Murdock, Grandson
  • Terri Rice Welborn, Daughter
  • Matthew Welborn, Grandson
  • Angie (Ron) Martin, Daughter
  • Gracie Martin, Granddaughter
  • Leslie H. Rice (Deceased), Father
  • Esther Rice (Deceased), Mother
  • James H. Rice (Deceased), Brother
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sam Chastain, Honorary
  • Fred Fielden, Honorary
  • Darren Murdock, Honorary
  • Ron Martin, Honorary
  • Matthew Welborn, Honorary
  • Myles Murdock, Honorary
  • Mitchell Murdock, Honorary
  • Gracie Martin, Honorary

Services

  • Celebration Of Life Monday, February 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bob Rice

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Amy Hoffman (Osburn)

February 11, 2019

I met Bob when I was hired to work at Transcript Press. Bob was tasked with the job of training me to be a sales person. I was in my early twenties fresh out of school. Bob was so nice and so funny I can honestly say that was the funniest job I ever had. Bob was so entertaining and knowledgeable. I learned so much while laughing the whole way. I often think about my days at Transcript Press and it always brings back fun memories of Bob. I had never had a hamburger at Braums until I met Bob. I had thought Braums only had ice cream. I know Bob will be deeply missed but what a great life he lived and I know how much he loved his family because even in the short time I knew him he talked about his loved ones all the time.

Amy Hoffman

Harleta and Ron Stokes

February 10, 2019

Bob Rice and Halloween are fun memories. Bob could setup a 'mean' Halloween for all the kids in the neighborhood.

I always had a lot of fun when Bob would wander over from work into my work area across the street. Everyone would light up and he would certainly make our day a much more pleasant one.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Shirley and family and we know wonderful memories will give you strength.



Lois TRAMMEL

February 10, 2019

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Bob. He was one of the kindest people we have been blessed to call a friend. Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Shirley and family. He will truly be missed.

Emery Fountain

February 10, 2019

I would like to add my thoughts and prayers in this time of both sadness in loss and celebration of a wonderful life well lived. I am able to say with certainty and conviction that I have never met a more positive and fun loving person in my life. I believe with Bob this love of life and living came from his love of people and sharing his simple joys with anyone who came into his life. My family got to know the Rice family when we both built houses on Guilford Court in Norman. Bob was an instant hit with both of my children and became very much a fun, fascinating, and loving Grandfather figure. Fun for a host of simple reasons...always up for a game of ‘Horse’ or one on one in the driveway...Bob always made the game competitive but somehow always managed to loose the tight games to the kids. With my kids, their friends and any neighborhood kids Bob was always good for a cold soda out of his antique CocaCola vending machine, a tour of his amazing collections, or an opportunity to step back in time by making a call from his in home phone booth, listening to music from his jukebox or simply being a big kid himself out in the front yard or culdesac entertained by any kind of ball! Bob was part of what made every holiday special...he loved them all...but to all who knew him, and many who did not, he was a Halloween legend! His fun, scary and over the top Halloween setup at the Rice home was visited by so many, and my kids always wanted to go see Bob’s house on Halloween even after they moved away.

I could go on but I think you all likely feel just as I do. My family and I consider ourselves Blessed to have known Bob. I believe the world is a better place because of the unconditional love Bob shared with all and for sure for being the most fun loving man I ever knew. I love Bob and will miss him, but will endeavor to emulate his legacy of positivity and fun loving approach to life!

Thoughts and Prayers for Shirley, the girls and Rice family.

Emery

Stephen Lawson

February 10, 2019

What a fortuitous happenstance it was, that I had the opportunity to meet Bob through my long-time friend Leon Boelte. Leon and I worked at KF Industries, and Bob was his next door neighbor. Bob was quite helpful to me, working on printing projects (brochures, other product-related literature) in the 80's. But, more importantly, he was a wonderful friend, whether playing ping-pong, racing slot cars or just hanging out at OU basketball games. Bob showed me what it meant to be a meaningful steward of one's business, a respectful and helpful sales person, but most importantly a joyful friend. And, that's the word that most aptly sums up my memories of Bob, *joyful*.

Godspeed, Bob. Thank you for everything. I look forward to that joyful day of reunification, brother.

Raymond Fulton

February 9, 2019

Bob and I first met in 1962 at Okla State Tech and have been best friends from that day on trying to keep in touch as best we can. I do wish my condolences to all Bobs family and friends as I know they will miss him as much or more than I do.
Raymond Fulton

Marty Winters

February 8, 2019

I worked with Bob in the late '80s to mid '90s on five yearbooks at Central Mid-High. He was always helpful and encouraging to me and my yearbook staffs of students. I especially loved his laugh and his warm smile. He could solve any problem we had. My condolences to his wife and children and grandchildren. He was truly an gentleman and friend.

Larry and Judy Matlock

February 8, 2019

We have shared so many good times with Bob. He was an antique dealer with us when we had The Company Store Antiques. Each day he would come in and have a smile on his face and always a good story. We shared a love of antiques,beagles, and cars. He gave us an antique Snoopy sign that we still have and will always treasure. He was such a good good guy. Everyone loved Bob !!! We will miss him. Love and prayers to Shirley and family. We can see him now playing with those beagles, George and GT.

Kay Brown

February 8, 2019

Bob, you were a wonderful brother-in-law, husband, dad, grandBob and uncle. You were always so loving and never met a stranger. You always had a funny story to share. We all will miss you so very much, but I know you are in a better place. I will see you again. I love you so much. Kay

Bennie McElhaney

February 7, 2019

I remember Bob as a kid playing at the Lions Park. He lived nearby, and I saw him frequently. Later he was very helpful, when I knew him at the Transcript Press. My wife, Mesha, and Shirley worked together at Southwestern Bell. I still have a book that he compiled about Norman’s history. I am proud to remember Bob as a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and family.

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Biography

Robert “Bob” Charles Rice was born on August 25,1944, at Capitol Hill General Hospital in OKC, OK to Leslie and Esther Rice. Bob was a proud Norman resident his entire life, growing up on S. Flood Street, next to Norman Firehouse #2 and Lions Park. It was here that he formed many of his best childhood memories while attending McKinley Elementary, playing with neighborhood friends, and becoming the City of Norman Junior Tennis Champ. Bob could often be found next door with the local fireman, where he affectionately earned the special nickname, “Dip.” Bob graduated from Norman High School in 1962 and then attended Oklahoma State Tech in Okmulgee, OK, where he graduated with a degree in Lithography. Bob took great pride in his lifelong printing career, beginning his first job with Hooper Printing, where he worked in the bindery. He later joined the Transcript Press in Norman in 1960. He began his career in the back doing etching and plating, then later moved into sales and management. Bob retired as General Manager of the Transcript Press in 2000 after 40 years of dedicated service with a life’s worth of friends.

Bob relished life and was the epitome of a happy man, happiest in his hometown with his family and his pets. He loved all things OU, Norman history, collecting antiques, drag racing, Halloween, beagles, and occasionally schooling neighborhood kids on his driveway basketball court. Bob loved coaching his girls’ teams in basketball and softball when they were growing up. He also enjoyed photography as an extension of his career in the printing business, capturing great photos of OU football, his family, and his town. He loved his community and was actively involved in many organizations. Some of his favorites included The Sooner Lions Club, Norman Chamber of Commerce, and all aspects of Norman History, where he devoted countless hours researching, writing and storytelling. A man of integrity, Bob was a friend to all he met and truly treasured each of these relationships; he delighted in any opportunity to humor or entertain others. Bob met and married the love of his life, Shirley, in 1974. He loved spending time with his daughters and family and later being a very special “GrandBob” to their children.

Bob’s legacy lives on through his loving wife of 44 years, Shirley Rice, his daughter Tracy Murdock, her husband, Darren, and grandsons Myles and Mitchell Murdock; his daughter Terri Rice Welborn, and grandson, Matthew Welborn; and his daughter Angie Martin, her husband Ron, and granddaughter, Gracie Martin. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Leslie H. Rice and Esther Rice, and by his brother James H. Rice. The family would like to graciously thank Dr. Paul Plusquellec, the staff of Autumn Leaves Memory Care and Kindful Hospice Care for their attentiveness and caring during our time with them. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association https://www.lbda.org/go/honor-and-memorial-gifts or the Cleveland County Historical Society https://www.normanmuseum.org/.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. at McFarlin United Methodist Church, with a reception directly following. Please feel free to wear your OU spirit wear as a way to celebrate Bob’s life.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at www.primrosefuneralservice.com