Harry Hugh Rice

August 17, 1922July 19, 2014

Harry Hugh Rice, 91, of Oneonta passed away peacefully Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta.

He was born August 17, 1922 in East Guilford, NY the son of the late Nellie (Mann) Young.

Harry graduated from Oneonta High School the class of 1941 and proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII as a Corporal in Italy and also North Africa until his discharge in 1945.

On July 12, 1973, Harry married Patricia Adair.

For 31 years he was a postal carrier for the United States Post Office in Oneonta until his retirement in 1977.

A life-long area resident, Harry was a member of the Oneonta American Legion and was also a life member of the B.P.O.E. Oneonta #1312.

He had many hobbies and enjoyed playing golf and bowling; Harry was inducted into the Oneonta Bowling Hall of Fame.

Harry is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Rice of Oneonta; five children, Roberta and Benson Persing of Duanesburg, Charlene and Alan Jaklitsch of East Meredith, Denise and Harold Wakin of Laurens, Faith and Bob Klein of Maryland and David and Mina Rice of Troy; son-in-law, Raymond Putnam; of Richmondville; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two children, Harry Robin Rice and Sandra Putnam; one granddaughter, Amanda Wakin; one sister, Anita Young; and one brother, Virgil Bennett.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Glenwood Cemetery, Oneonta with the Reverend Judith A. Thistle officiating. Memorial donations in Harry's name may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, New York 13820.

To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harry Hugh Rice

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July 23, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.Your family is our thoughts and prayers. We love you all.
The Brophy Family

CW Fox, US Postal Inspector (Ret)

July 23, 2014

To the Rice family, my deepest sympathy, I had the opportunity to work with Harry many years okay at the Oneonta PO. He like the others of that greatest generation who worked there was a dedicated employee and liked by all.

July 23, 2014

David, Mina & family, with our deepest sympathy. Love Zio Jim and Zia Mena

July 22, 2014

Deepest sympathy to all the family. With much love,
Jane Wakin and Michael Wakin

Donna Payne

July 22, 2014

Roby, so sorry to read about your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna Payne (Remsen, NY)

Jim Picolla

July 22, 2014

David, so sorry to hear of your Dad. I have many fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Family of Ralph Pascazio

July 22, 2014

David, good wishes and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.

Lang Family

July 22, 2014

David, we are so sorry to hear the sad news. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.