Kenneth RiceKenneth Rice died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Essentia Hospital in Duluth.
Kenneth Rice died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Essentia Hospital in Duluth.
He was born in December of 1939 in Duluth.
As a child, his life was marked by a great love of the Duluth Dukes baseball team and he had befriended many of the players and staff of the Dukes in the 1940s and 50s. His love of baseball never ceased.
As a college student at UMD, he met and married the love of his life, Ann Marie, while working at the Hotel Duluth. They shared many great memories from their time working together, including President John F. Kennedy's visit to Duluth in 1963. The President stayed at the hotel and Ken was lucky enough to see him and shake his hand.
After earning his master's degree in clinical social work at the University of Utah, he worked for the State of Minnesota at the Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center where he was executive director until his retirement in 1995. Ken was proud of the good that the treatment center was able to bring to the lives of many people and spent his whole life trying to help others.
This year, Ken and Ann celebrated 50 years of marriage. His marriage was his proudest accomplishment.
Ken's children Jason and Justin, both of Duluth, shared remarkable times with their dad. Going to Minnesota Twins games, golfing and traveling on family vacations were highlights of their time together. Ken was also very proud of his two grandsons, Carter and Logan, in whom his spirit carries on.
The family wishes to thank the dozens of friends and family who have been a constant source of encouragement and love. Ken appreciated all of you.
A special thanks on Ken's behalf to Dick Parzy, Ron Anick and Denise Halverson.
Ken was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Florence, and his grandnephew, Kyle, all of Duluth.
We love you, Pop!
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at his home in Moose Lake. In lieu of floral arrangements, the family requests that donations be made in Ken's name to Mercy Hospital Home Care Agency, Moose Lake, Minn.