Ruth M. Rice

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 3/25/2017 10:00:00

202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 3/25/2017 24:00:00

Ruth M. (Kehres) Rice, age 88, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at The Willows at Willard, peacefully surrounded by family. She was born the eldest of twelve children to Isadore and Eleanor Kehres on September 8, 1928 in Huron County and lived all her life in the North Auburn and Willard area. She retired from Pioneer Balloons as a laboratory technician after thirty-five years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard where she was active as a volunteer delivering communion to those at home and at hospitals. She also participated in the church choir and the prayer line. Ruth was known to readily volunteer to transport anyone to and from medical appointments, grocery shopping or wherever the need. She was a volunteer for the Mercy Willard Hospital for over forty years and was a certified organ donation transport volunteer.
Surviving are her children, daughter, Jean Walker of Fort Wayne, Indiana; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Kim Rice of Huron, Ohio, Michael and Cindy Rice of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Ed and Pam Rice of Willard; eight grandchildren, Kristina Mauser, Lori Rice, Jeff Walker, Amie Hobson, Karis Thiel, Mark Rice, Maureen Esterline, and Jonathan Rice; twelve great grandchildren; sisters, Alice Alt of Willard, Louise Roth of Willard, Kathleen Leber of Monroeville, Marilyn Kraft of Willard; and a brother, William Kehres of Shelby.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Herman Rice (2006); son, John Rice; her sister, Joan Ehresman; and brothers, Leonard Kehres, Charles Kehres, Victor Kehres, James Kehres, and Roman Kehres.
Visitation will be on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Noon at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where there will be a memorial service on Saturday at 12:00 PM. With Father Frank Kehres officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard or to Stein Hospice in Sandusky. Online condolences may be shared to the family by visiting


Gary and Trisha West - Apr 1, 2017

Our deepest condolences to the Rice family on the passing of Ruth Rice. She was an amazing woman with the spirit of a Saint. We spent many summer days going to visit her at Holiday Lakes when Nick, Jarrod, and Heather West were young. She was the highlight of the summer as we played pin ball, went swimming, and then ate pizza with her. She always seemed genuinely happy to see us and was kind, fun, and lovable. Not one of us left without our hug from her. We will keep her in our hearts forever. She was a bit of Heaven here on Earth.
Gary and Trisha West

Mike & Donna Niedermeier - Mar 27, 2017

What a kind & gracious lady Ruth was! Condolences and best wishes to the family.

T. Kelly - Mar 27, 2017

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. My heart goes out to the family. Death is something we will never get use to. In fact, God’s Word refers to death as an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26). It is comforting to know that very soon our loving Heavenly Father, Jehovah, will remove death once and for all and give us the opportunity to see our loved ones again here on the earth.

Bill and Beth Goodsite - Mar 24, 2017

Sending our deepest sympathy to the Rice family. Ruth was a very special lady, an angel here on Earth. She gave of herself to others, always more concerned about what was going on in everyone else’s lives than her own. We are confident she is standing next to Jesus.

Keith Miller - Mar 23, 2017

I knew Ruth and Herman for many years at Richmond and always admired the respect and caring attitude that she exhibited. She was a positive influence in the world.

Linda Doster - Mar 23, 2017

Larry and Family; so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a SWEET LADY! Prayers and Sympathy to you all.

Jim & Jackie Ratliff - Mar 23, 2017

To the Rice family, What a kind and loving person Ruth was. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

Jayne Dellinger - Mar 23, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the Rice family. What a beautiful person she was. Now she is with Herman and and son John smiling down on all of us. Prayers to all of you.

Mary Sutter and family - Mar 23, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May all of the special times you shared and memories comfort you now. Many prayers will be offered for Ruth and your family during this difficult time.

Debbi & Stephen Smith - Mar 23, 2017

Sending our most sincere sympathy to the Rice Family at the loss of Ruth. It has been many years since we have seen her, but remember her as such a wonderful, kind lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
Debbi & Stephen Smith (friends of Jean Walker)

Michael & Belinda Stockmaster - Mar 23, 2017

My husband and I both had the pleasure of working with Ruth at Pioneer Balloon what a wonderful lady. She would always ask how our family was doing. So thoughtful she was a blessing to know. Please know that she was an angel and a gift from above. So glad we could know her.
The Stockmasters

Roy I Ruckman - Mar 22, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Prayers from our family to yours.

Karen Martin - Mar 22, 2017

So sorry for your loss! What a wonderful woman!!

Wendy Daniel - Mar 22, 2017

To the Rice Family – sending heartfelt condolences. She brought joy to so many people – may your memories bring comfort to you.

Jim & Colleen Hobson Free - Mar 22, 2017

Larry & Kim & family:
So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was always a delight at our family gatherings. She loved her family & thoroughly enjoyed the newest family additions. We are certain she will be lovingly missed. May God bless you all for having her in your lives.
With our sympathies,
Jim & Colleen

Rosanna King - Mar 22, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for you. Ruth was the sweetest and joyful person. See you soon.

Tania Weaver Gomes - Mar 22, 2017

Larry, Kim, Amie, Karis and Rice Family, So sorry to hear about Ruth passing. She was such a kind Lady.
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Donna Myers - Mar 22, 2017

To the Family of Ruth Rice, I send my heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of your mother. Ruth was the kindest and most charitable lady I have ever met. Whenever I met her she was completing a task for someone else. May she rest in peace in the arms of her Lord. She was an exceptional example of Christian life.

Nancy and Robert Resendez - Mar 22, 2017

Larry and Family, we are so sorry for your loss of your Mother. It is a difficulty time and we will be praying for your strength. Take care.

Peggy opatken - Mar 22, 2017

Ruth was a wonderful kind woman…She was like a mom to me

Susan Alt - Mar 21, 2017

My condolences – Rudy was one of a kind – she always made you feel good about yourself – blessed be