CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Lynn C. Rice, 60, of Casa Grande, passed away June 1, 2005, in Phoenix.

Lynn was born Sept. 16, 1944, the son of Clarence and Agnes Rice of Moorhead, Minn. In 1962, he enlisted in the Navy, where he studied for his life's trade as a welder. After the service, he returned to Moorhead and in 1965, he married Linda Dehn. They had two children, a son and a daughter.

In 1974, Lynn moved his family to Billings, where he continued his profession as a welder.

In his career, he was involved in the boilermakers union, where he served as a secretary-treasurer, as well as a business manger for the local #599. With his vast knowledge, it took him many places along the West Coast, including repair crew for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. He became a superintendent for Agri-systems and worked on many large projects. In 2000, he settled in Casa Grande.

Lynn lived his life with a adventurous spirit. He was a very knowledgeable and talented man at anything he tried. He was an avid hunter and backpacker.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents and uncle Melvin.

He is survived by his best friend, Poncho; former wife and lifelong friend, Linda Rice; son Jules Grey; daughter Donna and her husband Joe Canino, Arlin Nordgulen, Marline Hedlund, Fern Bruhn, Sharon Collinge, Dale Amundson and Louise Rice.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, the service for Lynn's cremains and burial will be held at Nye Community Church at 10:30 a.m., and final resting place will be at the Nye Cemetery. To follow, there will be a wake at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Linda Rice, 1001 Miles Ave., Billings.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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