Larry Dean Rice, age 78, of Umatilla, FL and Johns Creek, GA, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on February 3, 2018. After a courageous battle with lymphoma, he passed away in Kissimmee, FL. Dean was born in Chillicothe, OH to the late Homer and Josephine Rice. Dean was a believer in Christ and knew his journey in life would lead him to an eternal life with Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.
Dean is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon; his daughters Diana (Jimmy) Stewart of TN, Deborah (Paul) King of FL, Dawn (Scott) Beamish of TX, and son Craig (Olinda) Rice of CA along with 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren as well as his loyal fat cat, Sparky.
Dean and Sharon’s commitment to each other truly exemplified everything the best of marriages holds. Dean was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him.
The family will receive friends at Beyers Funeral Home, 279 South Central Ave., Umatilla, FL on February 8, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m.