In Memory of

Bill Rice

March 16, 1931 - October 9, 2023



Bill Rice, 92 years old, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2023. He was born March 16, 1931, in Independence, Kansas to Florence and Bert Rice. He is survived by his wife Susan of Lee’s Summit, MO, son David and his wife Angela of Benton, AR, and daughter Sara and her husband Chandra of Austin, TX. Bill has five grandchildren – Kim, Matt, Haley, Mira, and Alanah – and two great grandchildren – Zoe and Bonnie – as well as many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his sister Virginia.

Bill was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas and graduated from Field Kinley High School in 1949. He attended Coffeyville Community College for two years before being drafted to serve in the US Army. After basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX, Bill was stationed in Germany for his two years in military service. Upon his return, he attended the University of Tulsa and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, he accepted a job with IBM working out of their Tulsa branch office. He later transferred to the Kansas City branch office and worked for the company for the remainder of his career until his retirement in 1987. Along the way, many coworkers became lifelong friends and he loved to reminisce about the memories made.

As a young boy, Bill loved spending time on his maternal-grandparent’s farm near Grenola, KS. He loved to share stories about his experiences on the farm and watching his grandfather at work. That’s likely where his love for animals started and was nurtured. Bill’s father had horses that he would help care for, and the family always had a pet dog. His bond with the dogs was always so close – the local paper once wrote an article about his dog waiting for him on the school steps… on a Saturday! Bill also had a love for all things mechanical – starting with bikes, moving up to scooters, graduating to cars, trucks, and motorcycles. He loved to work with his father on his route as a delivery driver for Jung’s cookies and crackers.

As an adult, Bill showed his appreciation for mechanical things by always wheeling and dealing for the best deal on a new car. He was a music lover and had a vast collection of CDs that he enjoyed listening to while sitting out on the deck. He enjoyed being outside whenever possible and would take his dogs on long walks around the neighborhood. He liked to travel to new places both in the US and abroad, and he and Susan got to take many wonderful trips.

Bill will be forever missed. But those who remain to carry on his legacy will mourn and celebrate in equal measure. His generosity, kindness, and support of those he loved knew no bounds. He was a great storyteller and loved to laugh.

Services will be held at Langsford Funeral Home at 115 SW 3rd Street in Lee’s Summit on Monday, 10/23/23, with the visitation starting at 11:00. A family burial will be held in Grenola, KS the following day.

Because of his love for animals, donations may be made to Wayside Waifs of Kansas City.


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Bill will be missed by all who knew him. Kind and caring towards people and animals. My condolences to the family.

Bill was a good friend of my dad, Jim Tankard, and my wife Valerie’s father, David Hodges.

They all worked together at IBM, and played together too. I remember Bill and my dad heading out on Saturday mornings for a motorcycle ride, which usually seemed to end up at a bar. The IBM buddies all had nicknames. Dad called Bill “Fried”, and Bill called my dad “Tags”.

Sorry to hear of his passing.

-Tim Tankard

Bill is well remembered by me for many of my youthful years. He was part of our family and a kind, fun loving man. When he came for a visit he would take the time to play baseball and football and spend time with me. Bill gave me my first pocket knife on my 13th birthday, always a generous man.
I will always have wonderful memories of him and our entire family loved him. I am glad he is at peace with the Lord.
Rest in peace Bill.

Bill was a wonderful friend – he and my late husband, Don, were best buddies. They met while working together for IBM, and soon discovered many similar interests, and shared a great sense of humor! The four of us had many happy times at Grand Lake in Oklahoma, traveled together, visits in Tulsa and Kansas City, weddings of our kids, any time we could get together was a good time.


Monday, October 23, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Monday, October 23, 2023
12:00 P.M.
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063