Cover photo for Roger Rice's Obituary
Roger Rice Profile Photo
1933 Roger 2022

Roger Rice

December 2, 1933 — May 28, 2022

Roger Raymond Rice was born on December 2, 1933, oldest son of J. Arlie Rice and Maude J. (Sheppard) Rice of Creswell, Maryland, proprietors of the Creswell Store.  He was preceded in death by his younger siblings Joyce Dunivant (Charles, dec.) and Richard (Dick) Rice (Brenda).  He passed away on May 28, 2022. 

Roger lived his entire life in Harford County, except for several childhood years in Lansdowne, Maryland.   A proud graduate of Bel Air High School (1952) and University of Maryland College Park (1959), he was the first member of his family to graduate from college and he prioritized education for his children.  Roger married Joanne Horky, daughter of Dr. J. Ralph and Margaret Horky, on August 17, 1963 at St. Ignatius Church.  They were married for 58 years.  He converted to Roman Catholicism in preparation for their marriage and was thereafter a devoted congregant at St. Margaret Church.  

Roger founded Rice Insurance Agency, later Rice and Associates, which he owned and operated with Joanne, and was a partner in RKS Realty.  Roger was happiest taking rides to see family and the many friends and acquaintances he had around Harford County. He loved his family, fast cars, bluegrass music, Maryland corn and tomatoes, Joanne's cooking, all animals, especially dogs, classic Coca-Cola, and tennis. He cherished travelling anywhere his family went, including the Outer Banks, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, the West Coast, Sunday drives, and the Caribbean on his daughter's sailboat. He and Joanne made lifelong memories going to New Orleans & Williamsburg numerous times and Italy twice with dear friends Dr. Bill and June Sacco. If there is a God, and he truly believed there is one, Roger is back on the tennis court, sending lobs up into the heavens. 

Roger is survived by his “one and only”, his loving wife, Joanne. He took great pride in his children: Gretchen Rice (Timothy Terry, dec.), Jessica Rice Johnson (Richard Johnson), and Rachael Rice (Judge David Carey), daughter-in-law Laura Rice.  He cherished his grandchildren Maggie, Liam, Lila, and Rosie Rice Terry and Emma and Molly Johnson.  And he held a special place in his heart for his granddogs and grandcats.  He is survived by many cousins who were dear to him: the Lenanes of McCann's Corner, the Sheppards, the Eatons, and the Rices, to name just a few. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. John Jeremy Rice. 

A family graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 11am at Thomas Run Church 2546 Thomas Run Rd, Bel Air, MD 21015. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to The Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation to fund Parkinson’s research or St. Margaret Church, 141 N Hickory Ave, Bel Air, MD 21014.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Roger Rice, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Service

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Starts at 11:00am (Eastern time)

Thomas Run Church Cemetery

Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 14

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Send A Gift

Send A Gift