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Barry Rice, 1953-2018

Barry Rice, 1953-2018

12/31/2018 9:09:00 AM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Today's Top 5, People in Ag, Livestock, National News

Barry Leslie Rice

Long time Madison Valley rancher, Barry Rice, owner of Rice Ranches Inc., passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 unexpectedly from a heart attack. Barry was on the ranch, loading cattle and doing what he loved when God decided it was time.

Barry Leslie Rice was born on March 6, 1953 in Butte, Montana to Bob and Bonnie (MacMillan) Rice. Barry graduated from Ennis High School in 1972. Following high school, Barry attended and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor degree in Pre-Vet Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and Animal Science.

Barry was President of Madison County Weed Board, “2012 Weed Fighter of the Year”, avid member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, member of the Montana Angus Association, member of the Virginia City Elks Lodge, and State Committeeman of the Madison County Republican Committee.

Barry’s many passions included cattle ranching; riding his favorite horse, Budweiser; riding in the truck with his canine side kick Jolt; golfing; trips to Las Vegas to play poker; time with family; “talking it over” with friends and cooking steaks. Barry never knew a stranger and everyone loved him! Barry will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Most importantly, Barry had a smile and personality as big as the Montana Sky!

Barry is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Bonnie Rice. Barry is survived by his Queen of Hearts, Diane Rice; his children, Dan (Marvena) Rice, Sam (Erika) Rice; his stepchildren, Dana (Jake) Ankeny, Dustin (Tara) Rowe; his grandchildren, Cameron, Jordan, Elias, Mercedes, Johnathan, Tristan, Sarah, Christina, Bridger, Katelyn, Lexy, Bryson; his great-grandson Judah; his brother, Greg (Karen) Rice; his nephew, Collin (Jessie) Rice, and niece Kristi (Rick) Swandal.

The Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Harrison High School Gymnasium.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Madison/Jefferson 4-H Council, P.O. Box 1079, Whitehall, Montana 59759 or Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or the Donor’s Choice.

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Pete Olind

12/31/2018 12:25 PM

Barry was a long time friend and neighbor. Pete grew up with Barry and they were "poker buddies" at MSU when Pete was a freshman. Barry was in our wedding party and was always considered a close friend. He and Diane were always there to help with community events, and Barry was one of the first ones on the scene when we had a fire at Red Bluff. Let 'er Buck, Barry, Budweiser is waiting!


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Allen and linda padgett

1/1/2019 1:04 PM

So sorry to hear, we were at the liberty bowl football game in memphis, TN when got the news, our hearts are broken, prayers for the family

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