Melvin Eugene Rice

Melvin Eugene Rice, 67, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. Mr. Rice was a native of Woodruff, SC, and the son of Boyce and Donnie Faye Rice. He graduated from North Georgia College in Dahlonega (now the University of North Georgia).

 Anlon MacMatha was a long-time member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) serving as former kingdom Chirurgeon of Calontir and proprietor of Cornucopia (the Lilies Corner Store)


As an active blacksmith, Mr. Rice enjoyed teaching this hobby with the Institute for Historic and Educational Arts (IHEA) at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival site.


A retiree from the American Red Cross, Mr. Rice’s last assignment was as Station Manager at Fort Leavenworth. After retiring from the Red Cross, he spent ten years working at Sears in Overland Park in the lawn and garden department. He later served as an instructor for the Adult Education Program at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he taught mathematics and social studies.


Survivors include his wife, Martha R. Rice (Caitlin nicRaighne of the SCA) of Leavenworth, son Matthew E. Rice (Laura) of Mission, Kansas; granddaughter Shelby Mapes and great grandson Jayden Mapes-Kernunos of Topeka, Kansas; mother Donnie Fay Rice of Athens, Georgia; aunt Brenda Hardeman of Winterville, Georgia, and a number of cousins.


Visitation will be at 10:00 am with services following at 11 am Saturday, June 29 at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kansas.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smithsonian Institute.

James Smithsonian Society, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, MRC 712, Washington, DC 20013-7012

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