Melvin Eugene Rice, 67, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
Melvin Eugene Rice, 67, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Rice was a native of Woodruff, South Carolina, the son of Boyce and Donnie Faye Rice. He graduated from North Georgia College. Anlon MacMatha was a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) and blacksmith instructor for the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts (IHEA). Rice retired from the American Red Cross, where he was Station Manager at Fort Leavenworth. After retiring, he worked at Sears in Overland Park and was an Adult Education Program instructor at KCKCC.
Survivors include his wife, Martha R. Rice (Caitlin nicRaighne of the SCA), Leavenworth; son, Matthew E. Rice (Laura), Mission, Kansas; granddaughter, Shelby Mapes and great-grandson, Jayden Mapes-Kernunos, Topeka, Kansas; mother, Donnie Fay Rice, Athens, Georgia; aunt, Brenda Hardeman, Winterville, Georgia, and a number of cousins.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Belden Larkin Funeral Home, Leavenworth, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: James Smithsonian Society, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, MRC 712, Washington, DC 20013-7012.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.