Troy Rice

Troy Rice

Thursday, November 12th, 1931 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Troy Leon Rice, 89, was called home peacefully to be with our Lord Thursday, May 14.

Troy, also known as Santa, was born on Thursday, November 12, 1931. Troy was loved by many, young to old. He will be remembered for his wildly entertaining stories, his random remarks, and his knowledge of all things. He was a teacher to hundreds and a mentor to many. Troy was known to be the man people often went to when they had questions. He usually knew the answer and if he didn’t, he always had some sort of advice. He was a “fix it” kind of man and there was never a task too big; he would always find a way.

In his younger years, you could catch him competing in motorcycle events for The Wooly Boogers, Iron Horse and Stump Jumpers motorcycle clubs. In 1968 he was ranked 3rd in the United States for professional motorcycle hill climbing. He served in the U.S. Military where he taught Small Engine Repair during the Korean war. He later became Corporal at Fort Bliss in El Paso Texas.

After meeting his wife in the mid 1950's they enjoyed camping together, they also belong to the Camping Squares where they made many great memories and made wonderful lifelong friends.

Troy enjoyed fishing with his son Lonny and would often be found at the lake with his family. He was always happiest outdoors with a fishing pole in his hand. He also loved to showcase his motorcycles as well as his cars, and has many trophies showing his success. Troy never met a stranger and enjoyed twirling anyone around the dance floor that would let him.

He was a member of two Masonic Lodges, Irving, and James V. Callan. He did a lot of volunteer work during Christmas time, taking the role as Santa Claus. His long white beard could be seen from a mile away. He was also a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Although Troy’s passing was unexpected, his family was blessed to have had him for so many years. He was a man that was constantly on the go and made many memories throughout his time here on earth, which will all be cherished and kept alive. Troy is now riding his motorcycle with the Angels and we will continue to celebrate his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Sonny Rice and beloved wife Mary Lou (Roper) Rice. Left to cherish his memory are his son Lonny Rice and wife Philieza; grandson Joshua Cole Rice; granddaughter Heather Marie Melton’ granddaughter Laura Lou West; great grandchildren Hope Marie Alcantar, Gunner Leon-Earl West, Mary Jael Rice, Benjamin Joshua Rice and Bentley Waylon Rice as well as numerous loving friends.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Brown's Memorial Funeral Home
    707 N. MacArthur
    IRVING, TX 75061
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Service is for the attendance of immediate family members only due to pandemic restrictions. Click here to watch a video of the service
  • Interment

    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    1413 E. Irving Blvd.
    IRVING, TX 75060
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    Service is for the attendance of any family or friends but cemetery restrictions ask that all stay within or near their vehicles. If attending you are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 2:45 pm - please follow directional signs. Masonic and Military Recognition Honors will be presented at the cemetery committal. Click here to watch a video of the service


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Don Huffman

Posted at 10:14am
Extremely grateful for the US Army service of Troy Rice for our country during that difficult Korean Conflict. Prayers go up to heaven for comfort for his family and uncountable number of friends in their loss. May he rest in the presence of the Lord of Lords. May he ride with his heavenly brothers sisters and others who made his acquaintance on the Highways (and Hills) of Heaven.
d Huffman, Army vet, DFWHG member, HOG member and Black Sheep HDFC Motorcycle Ministry member.

Linda Edwards

Posted at 11:13pm
I've known Mr. Rice for almost 40 years. He was a man of GREAT KNOWLEGDE. There wasn't a thing he probably didn't know and if he didn't know it he could figure A way to make it work. I remember him being Santa Claus at Traders Village. He showed me and my husband at the time where we could buy a cage for out parrot at Traders Village. He truly loved kids and being around his family. Mr. Rice you was one of a kind for sure. You will be missed. You lived a good long life. I will hold all my memories and cherish them dearly. Even though we weren't ready for your departure, obviously God has another plan for you. Heaven has gained another Angel. Fly high Mr. Rice. RIP!

Don Huffman Posted at 10:36pm

great to meet his family and some of his CMA and Mason brothers at the gravesite service...dhuffman

Michael Christy

Posted at 09:43pm
I knew Troy through his brother Sonny and my dad. He was very kind and friendly sole. He took care of his mother and family. He will be missed

Charlotte Stark

Posted at 05:35pm
I am so so sorry for your families loss...Troy was such a great guy...I went to school with his wife Mary Roper Rice...I came to know Troy through the Yahoo 55+ club back in 1999...That's when he ask me if I knew Mary Roper since I attended Irving High School...I kept in touch with Troy before and since he joined FB...He was a great guy...He never met a stranger and he always had some great fish stories to tell...My condolences to all of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and dearest friends...Troy may you rest in peace...You will be missed by many..

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