Phillip J. Rice

Phillip J. Rice

Phillip passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

He was born August 31, 1963 in Plainwell the son of John and Hazel (Pegg) Rice. Phil had worked as a truck driver for Mill Assist in Otsego and had worked out of his home as a mechanic. He was a skilled woodworker and had recently remodeled his home. In his spare time Phil enjoyed riding Harley Davidson motorcycles and dirt bikes, fishing and tinkering in his barn. On August 19, 2016 he married Nichole Wine at their home in Otsego.

Also surviving are his sisters, Linda (Dennis) Snider of Plainwell and Brenda “Colleen” (Boyd) Morris of FL; niece, Andrea; nephew, Jeremy and his beloved dog, Sasha.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at V.F.W. Post #3030 on September 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm.

Contributions in memory of Phil may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous or to his family to help with expenses.

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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Family of Phil,
    We are so very saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. I had many wonderful conversations with Phil when we worked together. May he Rest in Peace and forever be in the loving arms of his Mom and Dad. We love you all so much!

  2. Pamela Reynolds says:

    Linda and Colleen, It hurts my heart that our family has lost another of our own. My prayers are being sent that you will find comfort and peace in Phil’s passing. I will always remember Phil and the fun we had at family reunions, anniversary gatherings, and family vacations. I am also praying for his eternal rest in the arms of our Father in heaven. Love you all so much!

  3. Rob Engelter says:

    Im so sorry for your loss. I have a lot of great memories of Phil and his bicycle when we were kids. Rest in Peace Buddy.

  4. Kay Linn Miller Snyder says:

    Sending my deepest sympathy to Phil’s family and friends!
    This saddens my heart I have many fond memories of Phil.
    May he R.I.P

  5. Class of 1980 says:

    The Class of 1980 sends there condolences to phil’s family.
    R.I.P Phil…..

  6. Mary Rice says:

    So sorry for your loss. Phil was a great guy. He will be missed. I am very sad to hear of his passing.

  7. Joyce Nelson says:

    Collen and Linda, I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother. My deepest sympathy

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  9. William W Oisten says:

    RIP Phil thinks for be part of mylife

  10. Chuck Morris says:

    RIP my friend….One of my first friends

  11. Roger Boylan says:

    So sorry to hear, prayers for the family. I have many childhood memories with Phillip. A trip to Kentucky to visit his grandparents and many snow ball fights , catching the house on fire trying to make a home made bomb. Go rest high on the mountain, brother.

  12. Debra sheridan sweet says:

    I’m sorry for your loss he was a close friend when we where growing up he will be sadly missed

  13. John Mills says:

    My sincere condolences to Phil’s family.

  14. Dottie Sowle, Sheridan says:

    RIP Phil! My sincere condolences to his family. Phil was a great friend of our family growing up.

  15. annette bailey says:

    R.I.P. MY FRIEND I have alot of good memories you was always ready to have fun. You will be missed by me and many others, we have been friends for years and you will always be in my heart.

  16. Theresa Irving says:

    So sorry for the loss of your brother. My heart goes out to you and the family. Phil was a great guy. He will be missed.

  17. Joe Pinks says:

    Sorry for your loss,Phil was a good Man.

  18. Teri Witt says:

    Linda and Colleen, I am so very sorry for the loss of Phil! All of you have felt like family members. Too many memories to count. I will dearly miss him.

  19. Amanda Anderson says:

    To the Rice family, My family is so sad to hear of the passing of Phil.He was a life long friend to my husband Scott Anderson.He was so kind to our dear father Del Anderson.The day that Del was put to rest Phil was so very kind to me. He comforted me and let me cry.We will always remember him as a free spirit who had fun.The last few years of his life he did suffer.This really makes us all sad. In the end my friends Phil is in heaven. It is a wonderful place where all your pain and sufferings are gone. God loves all his children and holds them in his loving arms.We will miss you Phil and know we will see you again one day our dear friend. We love you and pray peace for your family.God Bless you and keep you always. Scott, Amanda and Elizabeth Anderson.

  20. Crystal Anson Lobretto says:

    To the whole family we were so sorry to hear of Phils passing. Our prayers are with you and may your fond memories carry you in this time of need.

  21. Cindy Pachner says:

    Colleen and Linda I am so sorry for the loss of your brother you have had a lot of losses in to short of time.I will be thinking of you let me know if I can do anything to help or if you need anything I am here for you.

  22. Lori Hare Pickett says:

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to family and friends. I knew Phil from high school.

  23. Marilyn (Root) Abernathy says:

    Colleen and Linda I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. I will be keeping both of you girls and your families in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Naomi bryant says:

    Prayers for your family. Phil was a wonderful man. Can’t believe he is hone. God’s peace for you ladies

  25. Lisa Ayers says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Phil’s family. Phil and I go back many years, he was my best male friend in early high school years.
    We spent a lot of time back then just hanging out. He was a great guy.
    RIP Phil

  26. Dawn Youtzy Forney says:

    My prayers and thoughts to Phil’s family .R.I.P Phil .

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