Marion 'Bob' Rice, 69
Marion Robert Rice, most well known as Bob, passed away peacefully at the age of 69 surrounded by family on Aug. 12, 2021. Bob was born in Brady, on July 11, 1952, to Marion Dale and Dorthy Johanson Rice and was raised on Rice Ranch located near the geographic center of Texas.
He was a graduate of Brady High School and at- tended Tarleton State Univer- sity before returning home to the family ranching business. He married Cynthia Ann Middleton on Nov. 24, 1984, in the First Christian Church in Brady and was blessed with three children: Kend- ale Michelle Rice Servant (husband Mathieu Servant), Robert Austin Rice ( ancé Helena Bonnema), and Kristin Whitney Rice.
Bob’s business career started by selling health insurance in 1989, and the following year he purchased the agency Countywide Insur- ance, which is now known as Citizens Insurance. His entrepreneurial spirit then led him to various leadership positions as CEO, President or Director of several companies which partnered and worked with healthcare agencies all over Texas and several other states in relation to healthcare- related issues and policies.
It was during this time that he conceptualized and affected the rst physician’s electronic signature software for home health care. Accordingly, this technology drove him to grow and today he is considered as a pioneer and leading innovator of one of the rst e-notarization technolo- gies, used by mortgage and advertising industries. Bob was naturally creative and he enjoyed tooling leather, drawing, and writing poetry.
He loved the First Christian Church, where he served as Board President and Elder. He was active in various community organizations such as be- ing a Rotarian, a 4-H Shooting Sports instructor, and a coach within Brady Youth Sports. He was also involved with the Emmaus community and Hope from the Heart.
One of his proudest accomplishments was becom- ing a private pilot, because ying had always been his dream and was one of great- est life pleasures. He deeply loved and was dedicated to his wife of 36 years Cindy, daughters Kristin and Kendale, and son Austin. He was a proud father, son, and brother and is described as a “friend worth knowing.”
A private graveside ser- vice for Bob was held Tuesday, Aug.17, at Live Oak Cemetery in Brady with Reverend Randall Larr officiating. The Rices welcomed friends and family for a visitation at Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady on Monday, Aug. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There was a Celebration of Life Open House at the home of Bob and Cindy Rice at 1014 West 6th Street in Brady from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Friends may view Bob’s memorial video tribute and/ or sign the online memorial
guest book at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels. com. Pallbearers were Leslie Schumann, Clay Jones, Grant Jones, Donald Barley, Grant Evridge, Tim Walker, Jim Ross, Pat Long and Kim King. Honorary Pallbearers were Mark Jones, Glenn Miller, Jason Streit and Jim Quinn. The Rice Family has requested everyone attending to wear face masks coverings during all indoor services.
Bob is survived by his mother Dorthy Pauline (Jo- hanson) Rice of Brady; his loving wife Cindy Ann Middleton Rice of Brady; son Robert Austin Rice and ancé Helena Bonnema of Brady; daughters Kendale Michelle (Rice) Servant and husband Mathieu of France and Kristin Whitney Rice of Austin; sisters Charlotte Ann Finley and husband Jim of Ft. Worth, and Sheila Kay Hemphill and husband Mark of Brady; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father.
In lieu of owers, the family requests for donations in memory of Marion Robert “Bob” Rice to be made to a charity of your choice.
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