Keith A. Rice, age 60 of Hamilton, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022. He was born in Huber Heights, Ohio on February 4, 1961 to Benjamin Rice and Carol Johannes Rice. Keith graduated from Wayne High School in 1979, and went on to attend the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School, Springfield Bible College, and the Anglican School of Theology. He was an active member of the Dayton Chapter Masonic Temple. Keith served his country in the Army, Air Force, and Navy Reserves from 1979-1989, and acted as Army Chaplain during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He went on to become a police officer for the Sugar Creek Township Police Department, did Anti-Terrorism/ Force protection at Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility, worked at the Mound Lab Department of Energy, the Iron Butts Association, and most recently acted as a courier for the Department of Defense for Landstar Express America. He served in various ministries in Texas throughout the years; acted as Chaplain at multiple Presbyterian Children’s Homes, pastored Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and was a missionary in Mongolia. Keith married the love of his life on October 4, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. He loved hunting, fishing, shooting, sailing, aviation, and most of all, his beloved state of Texas.
Keith is survived by his wife, Dana Rice; his parents, Benjamin and Carol Rice; two daughters, Melissa (James) Sparks, and Rachel (Nicholas) Skapura; three step-children, Nathan (Tara) Bubemyre, Allison Bubemyre, and Bailey Bubemyre; one special aunt, Martie Mills; one sister, Kelly (Rick) Klepinger; five grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Keith was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Funeral service will be held at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, Ohio, on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM with Rev. Keith Risner officiating. Burial will follow at Millville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Edgewood Baptist Church, 1010 West State Street, Trenton, OH 45067. Condolences can be made at www.browndawsonflick.com
A note from Dana:
“Blessed beyond measure, my husband Keith, my gift, my blessing. Loving, caring and compassionate. So giving of himself. Such a people person. He never knew a stranger and was kind to all with a heart of gold. Adventures and stories that lasted his lifetime. One of his greatest pleasures seeing others succeed. A good-hearted man, full of love, laughter, knowledge, compassion. Love of God, and a love for his country, which he has served to the fullest. The world lost an amazing man and heaven gained one. Our forever Angel. With the heaviest heart, more than words can describe, beloved, Keith will be missed forever by so many family and friends near and far. Surrounded by God’s love, Rest in Peace Keith. Your loving wife, Dana."
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Keith A. Rice, please visit our floral store.