Rice, Maj., USMC, ret., Kenneth Elton ("Elec"), Thomas Township / Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away quietly of heart failure Tuesday morning June 28, 2011 in his home in the loving company of his family. Ken was born on June 20, 1923, in Saginaw, MI, the son of Edward and Lela (Halliday) Rice, the youngest of seven children. Ken graduated from Arthur Hill High School, and in March 1942, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was called to active duty while attending Michigan State University and assigned to the Marine detachment at the University of Michigan where he continued his studies mechanical engineering. In October 1946, Ken was transferred to Peking, China and was stationed, among other places, at Camp Lejeune, NC, China and Guam until the Korean War in April 1950. In September 1950 he participated in and survived the Inchon and Wonson landings and the Changjin (Chosen) Reservoir campaign. In November 1951, Ken was transferred to Yokusuka, Japan, where in February of 1953 he met and married Catharine Jones, of the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps. After returning state-side, Ken served in the United States Marine Corps until his retirement in August 1965, when he returned to Saginaw, Michigan and began a successful 30 year career as an independent State Farm insurance agent. Ken was well-known throughout his life for his talented athletic abilities in football (as quarterback at Arthur Hill (all-star Athlete 1941), and in baseball and hockey at home and abroad. Ken was an active member of Saginaw’s Germania and Lions Clubs. Everyone who knew Ken will remember him for his constant smile, gentle nature, easy sense of humor, enormously generous spirit, his love of people, children and cats, and his mathematical acuity. Surviving Ken are his sister E. Bytha Frank (Saginaw), his children and their spouses: Northrope Rice and Lisa Ann (Spaugh) Rice (Wilmington, NC), Edward Rice & Kenneth Oakes (Philadelphia, PA), Catharine (Rice) Delagarde and Vincent Delagarde (Alexandria, VA) and his two cats Lancelot and Gwennie. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Katharine Bevier (Jones) Rice and a son, Richard (Dickie). Ken’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, July 2 at 1:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 121 Harrison St., Saginaw, with visitation one hour beforehand or Friday at Case Funeral Home on Miller Road from 7-9 p.m. Memorials in Ken’s name can be made to the Memorial Fund at the First Presbyterian Church or the Saginaw County Human Society. www.casefuneralhome.com