William L. “Bill” Rice

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William L. “Bill” Rice, 70, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, April 13, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center due to a sudden illness. 

He was born March 17, 1946 in Boscobel, the son of Lynn and Mathilda (Mayne) Rice. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He married Lorraine Kasparek on Aug. 8, 1970 at St. Johns Church in Patch Grove. Bill worked for the Crawford County Highway Department for over 39 years. He was the Lynxville Village President for 20 years and was an active member of the Lions and Eagles Clubs, the VFW, the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard and St. Gabriel’s Parish. Bill was a talented musician and played in “The Country Express” for over 40 years. He also enjoyed playing in the “16 Strings and a Stick” band.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lorraine of Prairie du Chien; his children, John (DeAnna) of Ankeny, Iowa and Jolene (Kris) Anderson of Holmen; brother, Charles (Diane) of Mt. Hope; sisters, Joyce Rice of Wauzeka, Judy Rice of Prairie du Chien; a sister-in-law June Rice of Platteville; his grandchildren, Matt L., Jayeden, Matt M., Drew, Katelynn, Kristen, Elizabeth, Emma, along with his faithful companion Maddy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Larry and Ronald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating with burial in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Military honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. Friends may call on Monday, April 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home where there will be an Eagles tribute at 7:15 p.m. and a wake scripture at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 

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