Donald Leroy “Puddin” Rice, the son of Frank J. and Esther (Leckron) Rice was born in the rural Bantry, North Dakota home of his parents on November 29, 1940. He died at the age of 72 years on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota.
Donny was raised in the Layton Township, McHenry County home of his parents, was baptized at the Bloomfield Lutheran Church in Upham and received his education in Layton Township School. He worked on the family farm and for the Thompson-Christianson Ranch for several years until being inducted into the U.S. Army in the early 1960’s. He was given an honorable hardship discharge after serving 18 months to return to the family ranch and farm as his father had become disabled. He has made his home, owned and operated the ranch ever since. Early in his youth, he was fondly nicknamed “Rice Puddin” and later the name shortened to “Puddin”. Donny loved the ranch and farm life and took great pride in its operation. He also was a sort of jack of all trades and could repair almost anything brought to him . . . and it stayed repaired! In his eyes, like Henry Ford, you could have any color as long as it was red. He was a member of the Ranchers Scale and enjoyed shooting the bull with friends and family.
Survivors include one sister, Sharon (James) Jansky of Towner; three brothers, Eugene “Gene”, Gary and David, all of Towner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Delores Jones; a niece, Linda Jones; a nephew, Larry Jones; and one sister-in-law, Mary Rice.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 10th at New Hope Lutheran Church in Upham due to construction at the Zion Lutheran Church in Towner. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Towner at 4:30 p.m. Pastor Linda Wimmer, officiating.
Casket Bearers: Darrell Rice, Lyle Jones, Leslie Jones, Larry Heinrick, Wayne Heinrick, Donald Blake, Scott Jansky & David Jansky
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Towner. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com