Brockport, NY: June 21, 2021 at age 86. Kenneth is predeceased by parents Clarence and Mildred (Vrooman) Rice and siblings Virginia (Bill) Sherman, Genevieve (Ray) Haringa, C. Howard (Joyce) Rice. He is survived by his wife of 62+ years, Carol (Drake), his sons Craig (Grace), Chris (Linda), and daughters Kendra (Robert) Rice-Greeley, Kerri (Bill) Cybulski, 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
In his younger years, Ken was a boy scout and achieved the position of senior patrol leader. He joined the navy and was in active-duty Feb 1956-Apr 1958. The Navy shipped him to New Zealand and the South Pole in Operation Deep Freeze on an exploratory mission.
He held a degree in horticulture, which led to his life-long love of gardening and landscape design. Ken owned and operated Archetique Enterprises, a horticultural supply company in the New York City/New Jersey area, which he retired from to New Bern, North Carolina.
Throughout the years he wore many hats: daring motorboat driver, donut provider, die hard Yankee fan, ever-willing repair man and life-long Campbell’s Pointer.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 26 at 11am at Christ Community Church, 36 Coleman Creek Road, Brockport, NY 14420. A graveside memorial service will be held in East Hanover, New Jersey mid to late August. Details to be determined.
I’m so sorry to hear this sad news! The last of The Rice Family to depart, but now the family is once again reunited.
My heart goes out to Aunt Carol & to Chris, Craig, Kendra, Kerri & all his grandchildren. May his soul Rest In Peace.🙏💙
So very sorry Aunt Carol, Craig, Chris, Kendra and Kerri and your families for the loss of Uncle Ken. Thinking of you all at this time and wishing you peace. With Condolences, Susan (Drake) Bowman
Thank you so much Susan ❣️
Thank you so much Carolyn 💗
We are keeping you all in our prayers… we enjoyed visiting with Ken while he was out here ..
We are so sorry to hear the news of Ken’s passing. We have such warm memories of him. We send sympathy and love to Carol and all the family.
Chris and Linda,
My deepest condolences to you. May God’s peace surround you all. -Gina Smith
Chris i have always admired the close bonds your family shared. The love between all of you was evident. That love will remain. Cherish the memories and I hope you find peace in knowing your dad loved and was proud of all of you. Sending love and hugs to you , Linda and the kids.
Chris and Linda, we are So sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to see someone suffer, but it’s not easy to let them go and say good-bye either. Prayers and comfort to you and your family.
Lary and Angela Zale
My heart breaks for all of you! What an amazing man! He will be missed but we all know that he is with our good Lord Jesus right now and in no pain. Sending you all lots of love and prayers of comfort through this difficult time.
All my love, Trish (Ambrosio) Fezenko
I am so very sorry for your loss. We had such a great neighborhood. Sending many prayers of comfort and strength to all of you
Diann (DeFranca) Kelly
So sorry Carol. My prayers for the family for comfort. We know he has won the battle he fought and is in his eternal home and one day we will all see him again. Will never forget all the good times at Believers Fellowship with you and Ken. Sending hugs and lots of love to you and the family.
Dear “RICES” We continue to send you our love and prayers. We will miss Ken, our Flushing Presbyterian friend.and our “sort of relative”. We were and are a special group or “young people:”. Now the Rices are all together and they are all on our hearts. With love, Marianna and Ken
So sorry to hear this news. Oir hearts go out to all the Rice and our Drake Families. It is so hard to face these changes, know we are with you in these difficult times.
Prayers and love for all.
He is with our Jesus now.
Very sorry for your loss. Alway difficult to see our loved ones suffer, and now matter how much we try to plan for when they leave us ,it never takes away from the hurt when they are gone. Our prayers go out to your entire family. May God bless you with His peace.
Mark and Kellie Gregoire and family
Kenj- I am sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.
Carol, we’re so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We have a lot of great memories of you both when you lived here in New Bern. He was such a fine man. We love you and miss you. Prayers for you and your family.
Sorry for the loss of your Father , Chris . I will be keeping you all in my prayers !
My sincere condolences to the entire rice family. Uncle Ken will be deeply missed. His love for family, friends, and fellowship was an amazing and evident trait that he passed on to his kin. I always loved spending time with Him when we were in the Rice Hut. Accompanying him on trips to the garages on his way to start his next project always lead to great conversations. My love and prayers are with Aunt Carrol, Craig, Chris, Kerry, Kendra and the rest of the Rice family.
So sorry for your loss. I had great admiration for Ken as a parent, businessman, parent and Christian. We had many fun times together playing racquetball way back when. I face faith that one day those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ will be reunited with Ken a d other Christian loved ones in Heaven. Deepest condolences to Carol and children. It is always difficult to lose a loved one.
So sorry for your loss! He leaves a beautiful legacy in you all! Always a smile on his face…may God grant you all peace that passes all understanding! Hugs all around!
Sorry to hear this. I worked for Ken back in the 1970s and met his family. Ken was a great guy and my thoughts are with his family.