John Gordon Rice passed Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at the Glacier Care Center in Cut Bank, Mont. of natural causes. Due to Covid-19, services will be delayed until the summer of 2021.
Gordon was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Magrath, Alberta, Canada, to Walden Rice and Mildred Clark. He grew up in Magrath and married Mary Jane Blumel on Aug. 20, 1951. In 1957, Gordon and Mary Jane moved to Montana, where they farmed for many years. Gordon resided in the family home in Santa Rita just north of Cut Bank for 58 years, where he and Mary Jane raised their family.
Gordon had a passion for farming and loved to be on the tractor or combine. When not in the field, he enjoyed working on equipment in his shop. Gordon also had a love for animals, especially his horses. Many hours were spent with his horses either riding, roping or grooming them.
Gordon is survived by his sons, Clarke (Karen), of Billings, and Craig (Arline), of Cut Bank; grandsons, Brad, Russ and J.C.; granddaughters, Maren, Melanie, Marla and Audra; and numerous great grandchildren.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; his parents, Walden and Mildred; and his brothers, Russell, Wesley and Eugene.
Condolences can be made to John’s memorial page at www.asperfh.com.