PRICE/SOMERSET, Penn - Thomas H. Rice Sr., 75, of Somerset, formerly of Price, passed on Oct. 28, 2012 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Penn. Born May 18, 1937 in Somerset, Penn. He is the son of the late Carl Rice Sr. and Freda (Conner) Rice. He is also preceded in death by his wife Jane in 2008; sisters Fay Woy and Pat Young; and brothers Carl Rice Jr. and Claude Rice.
Thomas is survived by his children Tammy Hottle and husband Graham of Berlin, Stacy Krisch and husband Ron of Somerset, Thomas H. Rice Jr. and wife Margi (Bernard) of Billings, Mont., Stoney Rice and wife Tammy (Johnson) of Stoystown, and Lonny Rice and wife Carla (Manns), Price; grandchildren Tara (Hottle) Miller and husband Kevin, Trisha Hottle, Kelsey and Brantley Rice, all in Pennsylvania, Skip Rice and wife Angela (Konakis) of Tremonton, and Valerie and Lauren Rice, all from Price, and Gabe Rice and wife Valerie (Ho?nann) and Emily Rice, Brighton, Colo; great-grandchildren Dallen and Kailyn Rice, of Utah, and Teagan and Taelyn Miller of Pennslyvania; sister Jane Ogden and husband David, of Berlin; and brother Dan Rice Sr., of Somerset.
Tom worked in the coal mining industry his entire life and was with GM&W Coal in PA and later, the Fetterolf Group, which led to his move to Utah in 1979 where he served as mine manager at Trail Mountain. He went on to work in various sales positions that always involved mining which he loved. Tom and Jane lived in Price for 27 years before returning to Somerset. They loved traveling throughout the West and going on cruises. He spent a large part of his life in his workshop designing custom wood creations for family and friends.Of the thousands of pieces he created, several won ?rst place awards at the Utah State Fair, which brought him great joy after retirement. He was an avid football fan, especially the Steelers.
Family and friends will be received from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m. at the Reading Brethren Church, pastor Larry Weigle officiating. Private interment at Stoystown IOOF Cemetery.
In lieu of ?owers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Reading Brethren Church at 3449 Stoystown Road, Stoystown PA 15563. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home and Crematory, Somerset, Penn. Online condolences may be sent to www.millerfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.