SHELLSBURG:  Bob R. Rice, 67 of Shellsburg died May 31, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City following a sudden illness.  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 PM, Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Ray and Virginia Boyer American Legion Post #166 in Shellsburg with Pastor Gary Gustafson officiating where military rites will be conducted by the Ray and Virginia Boyer American Legion Post #166 and Iowa Military Funeral Honors.  Private Family committal services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton at a later date.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM, Friday, June 8, 2018 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth Street in Vinton.  A Memorial Fund has been established.  Condolences may be left at:

Robert Roy Rice was born February 13, 1951 in Vinton to Delbert and Christine (Climer) Rice.  He graduated from Shellsburg High School and attended Kirkwood Community College for trucking school and small engine repair.  Bob served his country in the United States Army in Germany and was honorably discharged.  Bob drove a semi for twenty-two years with Gordon Sevig Trucking Company.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, being outdoors and fishing.

Bob is survived by his wife Retta of Vinton; his daughter, Rilda (Tim) Gustafson of Keystone; grandson, Brett (Keya) Thomsen of Garwin; great granddaughter, Sydney Thomsen; his step-grandchildren Ava and MacKenna Gustafson of Des Moines, and his brother, Larry Rice of Garrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ted Rice and Nicky Climer; sister, Lois Jean; great nephew, Jason Rice; great great niece, Cecelia Rice and his sister-in-law, Janet Rice.

Phillips Funeral Home – Vinton is in charge of arrangements.