Kenneth J. Rice, age 90, of Renville, died Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Olivia Healthcare and Rehab Center in Olivia. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Renville. The Rev. Rick Tuttle will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the services all the church in Renville. Memorial are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Kenneth J. Rice was born on June 28, 1928, on the Walter Rice farm in Sacred Heart Township to George and Gertrude (Grabow) Rice. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Renville, where he was a member all his life. He graduated from Renville High School and then attended the University of Minnesota Farm School on the St. Paul Campus. He married Jane Myster from Hayfield, MN, on March 26, 1949, and together they lived and farmed south of Renville. In 1980, they moved to the Rice homestead in Sacred Heart Township and lived there until moving to Meadows Assisted Living in 2015. Ken was involved with the Co-op Oil, Renville Museum, Renville Elevator, the Soil and Water Conservation Board, Sons of Norway, and St. John’s Lutheran Church. He and Jane spent many winters in Mesa, AZ as snowbirds where they met many lifelong friends. Ken loved listening to the Minnesota Twins while farming and was a big sports fan of the Twins, Vikings, and Gopher teams. He was an avid card player, birdwatcher, and always knew how much it rained, what the crop prices were, and when the field work was being done. He very much enjoyed coffee with his friends. Ken was a 4th Minnesota generation farmer on the Rice Homestead. Family farming was important to him and he took great pride in keeping the family tradition alive. He was a farmer that worked hard, a breadwinner who provided, a husband who loved his wife, a father who loved his children, and a man who liked to have fun with his friends.
Ken is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jane; his four children: Jeff (and Diania) Rice of Sacred Heart, Julie (and Steve) Deuth of Brooklyn Park, Barb (and Bob) Ridge of Wyoming, and John (and Mary) Rice of Renville; his 8 grandchildren: Jason (and Cari) Rice, Corinna (and Chad) Feeldy, Bob Rice, Carrie (and Juan) Rodriguez, Matthew Rice, Ellie (and Nat) Madson, Joel (and Kari) Deuth, and Brian (and Jodi) Deuth; 19 great grandchildren, his two sisters: Joyce Carlson and Shirley Hegg; his brother-in-law Cletis Myster; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his two brothers-in-law.
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