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Samuel Joseph Rice, 29, of Champaign, IL passed away at 3:26 pm, Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at OSF Hospital, Urbana.
Sam was born February 16, 1990 in Urbana during the Valentine’s Day ice storm. He is survived by his loving parents, Richard and Kim Rice, his devoted younger brother, Zachary Rice, and his grandmother, Joan Jarzemsky. His large, extended family includes many aunts, uncles, and cousins, who all loved and supported Sam.
Sam was a beautiful man with a beautiful smile and a beautiful heart. Sam was an artist with a creative, tender spirit. He did drawing, painting, gardening, woodworking and welding. He loved his dog Luna, setting up his hammock in the pine trees, and the many vacations on Lake Michigan.
Sam attended Holy Cross Elementary School, Champaign Central High School, and Parkland College. Most recently he was employed as a housepainter with Romine Painting Company.
Sam was a caring and giving person; he continued that in death through the gift of organ, eye, and tissue donation.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s memory can be made to Gift of Hope, www.giftofhope.org; The Japan House at the University of Illinois; or Champaign County Humane Society.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 am, Monday, July 15 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 612 E. Park, Champaign. Visitation is at 10 am, one hour prior to the Mass, in the Church. A luncheon will be held for family and friends after Mass in the Oscar Romero Parish Center. To honor Sam's gentle nature we ask that you dress comfortably and wear something blue, Sam's favorite color and a reminder of Lake Michigan, the big lake he loved so much.
Champaign County Humane Society
1911 E. Main Street, Urbana IL 61802
University of Illinois Japan House
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana IL 61802
Gift of Hope