Earl V. Rice, 92, WWII vet, worked at Manheim Auto Auction, Lititz VFW, Legion member

By on February 10, 2016

Earl V. Rice, 92, of Lititz, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Lebanon VA Hospital.

He was born in Lancaster to the late Thomas and Hallie (Slabach) Rice; and was the husband of the late Betty Jane (Haines) Rice, who died in 2011.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army, 11th Airborne Division. While serving he was wounded in Luzon, Philippines, and witnessed Gen. Douglas MacArthur arriving at Leyte Island where the general gave his radio broadcast declaring to the Philippine people, “I have returned.”

He attended Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata, and was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Lititz, the Newmanstown Athletic Association, and the Manheim Historical Society. He enjoyed watching and feeding the birds and squirrels in his backyard, playing billiards, was an avid sports enthusiast, loved being involved at the Lititz Senior Center, and his favorite past time was playing pinochle. Earl worked at Penn Dairies before and after his military service. He then became a truck driver for numerous trucking firms, including Interstate and ABF, retiring in 1996. From there, he worked for Manheim Auto Auction and cherished his extended family at MAA where he was employed until May 2015.

Earl is survived by son: Dale, husband of Bonnie (Yeakel) Rice, of Lititz; three daughters: Andrea, wife of Lincoln Longstaff, of Everett; Tobye, wife of James Satterwhite, of Lititz; Kelley, wife of Brian Hollow, of Lititz; 10 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers: Charles Rice of Lebanon, John Rice of Lancaster; three sisters-in-law: Thelma Buchter of Lititz, Marlene Haines of Lititz, Helen Rettew of Manheim.

Earl was preceded in death by three sisters: Esther, Reba, and Ruth; and one granddaughter.

Services were held Feb. 6 at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Ephrata, with Pastor Rocky Hambrick officiating. Interment took place in the Brunnerville United Methodist Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Memorial contributions in Earl ‘s memory may be made to Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 110 Durlach Road, Ephrata, PA 17522; the Manheim Historical Society, 210 S. Charlotte St., Manheim, PA 17545; or the Lititz American Legion, 109 N. Broad St., Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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