Rice, Francis Xavier

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Francis X. Rice, 84 of Blacksburg, Virginia, formerly of River Edge, New Jersey, beloved and loving husband of Frances (Rusty) Rice, for nearly 60 years, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006.

Loving father of Lorraine and husband Donnie Wachsman, of Pembroke, Virginia, Patricia Rice of Sherman Oaks, California, and Theresa and husband Richard Wiley, of Hewitt, New Jersey. Grandfather of Amanda Wachsman Tickle and husband Aaron Tickle, Daniel Wachsman, and Rachel Wiley. Dear brother of George Rice of Media, Pennsylvania, and brother of John, Peter, Margaret, Owen and Elizabeth Rice, all deceased.

Graduated from Fordham Preparatory and Fordham University, New York, with a BA in History. Veteran of World War II, Captain, U. S. Army. Past Grand Knight and charter member of Msgr. Burke Council, Knights of Columbus, River Edge, New Jersey. Trustee and founding parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle Church of River Edge, New Jersey. Vice President, Research and Development, of Louis Marx Toys and Ideal Toys. President of FR Associates, sales and marketing new products for the toy industry.

Funeral services will be held in River Edge, New Jersey on Saturday, December 30, 2006. Local arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home. Memorial service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at a later date.

The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center of Blacksburg, and the nurses of Montgomery Regional Hospital PCU/ICU for their excellent care.