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Friday, September 21, 2018

Obituary: Clifford Edward Rice

Obituary wreathClifford Edward Rice of Firestone, Colorado passed away on March 27, 2016. Cliff was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 21, 1943, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Rice.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert and nephew Joseph Unrau.

Cliff is survived by his wife JoAnn; his mother Elizabeth Rice of Cedar Rapids; son Gregg Rice (Linda) of McHenry, Illinois; daughter Jody Alderman (John) of Lakewood, Colorado; son Jami Harper of Cedar Rapids; sister Mary Lou Unrau (James) of Colleyville, Texas; grandchildren Julia Rice, Ali, Jake and Avery Alderman and Jazmyn, Jaxson and Jaezon Harper; niece Susan English (Rob); and nephew Todd Unrau.

Cliff had a successful career in the automobile business in Cedar Rapids, Longmont, Colorado and Wheatland, Wyoming. He was a good friend of Bill W. and had a huge impact on many lives in that fellowship, all over the country.

Cliff was an accomplished athlete in his earlier years, culminating in a Hall of Fame, fast pitch softball career with several teams including Welty Way and Modern Piping in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s. He enjoyed time with friends and family hunting, fishing, playing golf, watching Colorado Rockies baseball, Green Bay Packers Football, NASCAR, and road trips with his wife JoAnn. In later years he loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and extra-curricular activities.

He was a loving husband, father, uncle and especially a loving and dedicated grandfather. His chocolate labs, Bill and Charlie will miss him as much as the family and many friends he left behind.

Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Happy Tails Dog Ranch/Bounce Rescue at 18490 County Rd. 1, Berthoud, CO 80513 (970) 532-4040 or on-line at www.happytailsdogranch.com or www.bouncerescue.org Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

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