MORGANTON, NC – Michael “Mike” Alan Rice, age 41, died at 12:06 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Grace Hospital in Morganton, NC. He was born March 15, 1978 in Salem, the son of Mark and Vicki (Yurchak) Rice of Salem, Ohio.
Mike worked as a Certified RN anesthetist at Grace Hospital in North Carolina. He was a 1996 graduate of West Branch High School. He received his master’s degree at Youngstown State and CRNA at St. Elizabeth in Youngstown in 2013.
Besides his parents, survivors include his wife, the love of his life of 13 years, Jamie (Ciecerko) Rice whom he married October 20, 2018; two daughters, Jaelynn and Juliana Rice; nieces, Kameron and JoJo Rice; nephews, Carter and Conner Rice; three brothers, Andrew Rice of Salem, Daniel Rice of Salem and Joseph (Cassie) Rice of Alliance and step-grandmother Karen Rice of Beloit.
Maternal grandparents, Andrew and Joann Yurchak; paternal grandfather, James Rice Jr. and paternal grandmother, Mary Rice also preceded him in death.
Mike touched the lives of so many people, both personally and professionally. From his huge, ornery contagious smile to his great compassion and caring for everyone. He never met a stranger, only a new friend he hadn’t met yet. He will be very missed by so many.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Stark Memorial with Rev. Robert Rowley officiating. Calling hours will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2019 and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to www.gofundme.com/f/mike-rice-and-family.
Mike’s obituary may be viewed, and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.