John RiceJuly 30, 2017
John Rice of Allan, SK passed away at the age of 60 on July 30, 2017 with all of his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born to the late Mark and Fran Rice on October 4, 1956 in Melfort, SK. He married Josie Kruppi on October 4, 1975. They lived together in Allan where they raised their 4 children. John started his career in construction at the early age of 18. The last half of his career was spent at RNF Ventures as a superintendent. He was well respected by his peers and co-workers, which developed many long lasting friendships. He took great pride in passing on his knowledge to others. His greatest passion was his Harley ‘Brutus.’ He spoke fondly of the times he spent touring, and the memories he made with his friends up until his last days. He enjoyed spending time in his boat fishing, and being with his family and friends in the backyard by the fire. John is survived by his wife Josie of Allan, SK; 4 children Heather (Damen) Anderson of Whitehorse, YT, Sean (Kendalle) Rice of Melfort, SK, Michelle Rice (Evan) of Warman, SK, Laura (Jason) Samletzki of Allan, SK; and 11 grandchildren. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at his residence in Allan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (345 3rd Ave S #1, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M6). Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.