Mr. Dale “Grubby” Curtis Rice, age 87, of Schoolcraft passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 with his loving wife Betty at his side.  He was born in Schoolcraft on Nov. 17, 1932 the son of the late Freeland and Eva Mae (Hill) Rice, and was raised by the late Ned and Bessie Jewell of Three Rivers at the age of four.
On May 4, 1956 Dale was united in marriage to the love of his life Ms. Betty Lou (Mohney) Rice.  Dale was a Sargent in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  Upon returning from duty Dale was employed by the St. Joseph County Sheriff Dept. and was co-owner of Wilburt Vault Company and worked for Joe Truckey Cement.
Dale was a faithful member of the Fabius Park Fire Department for 40 years.  He was an Exalted Ruler of the Three Rivers Order of Elks Lodge #1248.  He was a member of the Wiley Koon American Legion Post and a life member of the Marcellus V.F.W. Post #4054.
Dale enjoyed antique tractors and was also a member of the St. Joe County Old Engine and Tractor and Kalamazoo County Tractor Club.  Dale was an avid collector of tractors and clocks.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby, Marion, and Frances, and six brothers, Lorraine, Harry, Gerald, Freeland Jr., Richard and Boyd.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife Betty Lou Rice and many nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at the Hohner Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at the Hohner Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Anderson officiating.
Interment will be held in Schoolcraft Cemetery, with Military Honors following under the auspices of the Marcellus V.F.W. Post.  
Memorials in Dale’s memory may be donated to the Fabius Park Fire Department or the Elks Crippled Children’s Fund.  Envelopes available at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be shared at www.hohnerfh.com.


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