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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Robert Rice

Robert Milton "Rob" Rice Jr.

Wednesday, April 9th, 1958 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Robert “Rob” Milton Rice, Jr. was born April 9, 1958 in San Antonio, TX the son of Robert Milton and Elissa Mary (Lawrey) Rice. He completed this life on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the age of 62. Rob graduated from John Marshall High School in 1978. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Eckerd College and his Master’s Degree in Theology from Emory University. He pursued a career in computer work and earned an Associate degree in Computer Science and several IT certifications. Rob spent 8 years working in Alaska under contract to the FAA before returning to the Federal Aviation Administration as a Business IT Enterprise Manager for many years. Rob was a devout Christian who enjoyed riding his Harley (The Moose), was an avid aviation buff and building computers at home for himself and others. But, Rob’s greatest love was spending time with his friends and family, especially his niece, nephew, and grand nephews who will always remember him as the “Ultimate Uncle”. Rob is survived by his mother, Mrs. Robert M. (Elissa) Rice of Oklahoma City; his sister, Elizabeth Maren and her husband Adolph of Edmond; ; his nephew Ryan Maren ,wife Sally, and grand nephew Roland of Edmond; his niece Lauren Maren Tucker, husband Drew, and grand nephews Andrew, Adolph, and Royce of Edmond; his uncle David Lawrey of PA, his uncle James Grasley of OKC, and cousin, Gina Bebout. He was preceded in death by his father. A private family service will be held at All Souls Episcopal Church with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to All Souls Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73116.
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  • Burial Office

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    All Souls Episcopal Church
    Address
    6400 N Pennsylvania Ave
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73116
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    Officiant
    The Rev. Christopher Yoder
    Co-Celebrant
    The Rev. John Marlin
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    Location
    Rose Hill Burial Park - OKC
    Address
    6001 NW Grand Blvd.
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73118
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Bruce & Claudia Lawrey

Posted at 09:15pm
We are so very, very sad to hear about Rob's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our cousin is in our thoughts and prayers.
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Chuck Bay

Posted at 02:56pm
I first met Robert back in 1979 at Catlin Aviation -Wiley Post Airport, we were together there along with another one of our friends Evan Evans working in flight line service. This was the height of the Oil Boom in Oklahoma and working at Catlin was like our own little Dallas TV show where people were becoming very wealthy through the oil business almost overnight, it was a blast to work there. The three of us had gotten the aviation bug, or “sickness” some may say and that is why we ended up there. I eventually joined the Navy to be an aircraft mechanic, Evan became a professional pilot, Robert earned his private pilot license and became the Line Service Manager. The three of us would become lifelong friends.
I was living with my parents at that time and I can remember my sister hanging out with a friend of hers. One day her friend asked if I might know her brother, I asked what was his name and she said Robert Rice. Wow, small world! I had the great fortune of being invited to Liz’s and Al’s wedding. Seeing Robert and his mother and farther at the wedding was one of the happiest times I have ever seen him. Whenever Robert and I would talk or write he would tell me what Liz and Al were doing as well as his parents, he was a very family-oriented guy. I wasn’t just Robert’s friend I was his family’s friend, I loved that about him.
After Navy boot camp and A-school I was assigned to an Aircraft Carrier. Being at sea on a carrier can be very dangerous and at times very monotonous, it can become difficult to keep your moral up. Robert would write me letters during this time, I don’t think I ever told him how much they meant to me. But of course, he jokingly didn’t believe I was on a carrier, he told me that he knew I was on a buoy tender on the Mississippi River and I was just swatting misquotes! He then decided I need a call sign, like the characters in the movie “Top Gun”, he started calling me “Barnacle”. Wow, what a call sign, thanks Robert. From that day on every time I called him, he would always answer the phone with “Barnacle!”.
I came home on leave got and caught up with Robert, he took me flying. I will never forget that moment seeing an Oklahoma summer sunset from a small plane with my friend. When I finished my active duty tour, I moved back to Oklahoma with intentions of attending university, but first I needed a job. Robert didn’t think twice about it and hired me to work back at Catlin. He worked with me on my work schedule so I could attend classes. I eventually left Catlin and started working at AAR – Will Rogers Airport and I then helped Robert get a job there as well. Robert worked the 3rd shift and by the time he would get to work the coffee pots in the line shack, the coffee was for corporate aircraft, had been all day and it smelled terrible. Robert had to clean these coffee pots or live with the smell. This scarred him for life, he would never again drink another cup of coffee and he never let me forget it that was my fault for getting him a job there!
I married a wonderful girl named Susan in Oklahoma and had the great pleasure of having my best friends, Robert and Evan, at our wedding. I left AAR to complete my university education and moved to Texas. Robert left AAR as well to move to Florida to attend university there. Evan moved to California to start his own business and married a wonderful girl. During this time, we all stayed in touch by phone, letters, or actually getting to see one another during vacations or business travel.
Robert ended up living and working in Juneau, Alaska for quite a few years. During a business trip I had to Metlakatla, Alaska (a little south of Juneau) I called Robert. I told him how amazed I was on how tough I thought he was dealing with the southeast Alaskan weather year after year, I was worn out dealing with it after only a month! This toughness would serve him well throughout his life.
As time went by our friendship only strengthened. It is so important in life to have friends like Robert. Evan began having some personal life issues and I began to suspect he needed more than just a phone call from us, I called Robert and he agreed. We decided that Evan needed to get away from what was going on in California and spend some time with Robert and I at our cabin in the mountains of northern Colorado. The time that the three of us got to spend together in the spring of 2017 was very special for all of us and a time I will never forget.
Not to long after our get together I had a heart attack; it was devastating for me. I feel so fortunate to have friends like Robert and Evan. When I was in the hospital, I texted Robert a picture that Susan took of me connected to the EKG. To lighten the mood he texted back, “Oh wow well now you really do look like an astronaut”. If you have seen the movie the “Right Stuff” you’ll see the humor in that text message, I did.
Then Evan started having some health issues and Robert was there for him as well.
It’s funny that when we were younger, we would talk about our favorite beers and clubs we went to, when we got older, we stilled talked about our favorite beers but now we talk about our different medications.
When Robert started having health problems, he was reluctant to tell us but we finally figured it out and explained to him that he was there for the both of us and we needed to be there for him. We started having a regular Zoom call every other Sunday, we did this for several months. Our last Zoom call was on August 2, Sunday afternoon before his surgery. I am so thankful we had the opportunity to be with him that afternoon.
Robert loved flying, motorcycles, Alaskan Brewing beer, his family, and his friends. I feel blessed to have had a friend like Robert. The great pain I feel over his loss will eventually go away but wonderful memories I have of our friendship will always be with me. God bless you Robert, I love you.

As we say in the Navy, “Fair winds and following seas”.
Signed Barnacle
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Chuck and Susan Bay

Posted at 03:25pm
With loving memories of Robert...Thanks for all the wonderful memories dearest friend..you will be greatly missed but will always be in our thoughts.
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Tania

Posted at 10:57am
Prayers and thoughts to Robert's family. I worked with Robert at the FAA. I had the opportunity to work with him to set up and coordinate AIT day at the Aeronautical Center. Robert was always cheerful and helpful. He will be missed.
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