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Arleigh D. Rice
September 11, 1932 ~ October 6, 2020 (age 88)

LOWVILLE—Arleigh D. Rice, 88, of the Rice Road, Lowville, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Utica.

Arleigh was born on September 11, 1932, in Lowville, New York, to the late Ernest and Isabel Davenport Rice.  After working on the family farm in his youth, he graduated from Lowville Academy in 1950 and went on to attend Canton ATC.  Next, he returned to the family farm and then later, enlisted in the U.S. Army.  On April 24, 1954, he married Mary Cynthia Ross at the Lowville United Methodist Church with Rev. Thomas Williams officiating.  From 1953 to 1956, he served during the Korean War.  Afterwards, he continued to serve in the reserves until 1961.  In 1956, Arleigh and his wife purchased the family farm operating it as Windloc Farms for forty-eight years, the last twenty-five in partnership with their eldest son, Paul.  In 1968, Arleigh was the New York State (NYS) runner up among the Jaycees’ NYS Outstanding Young Farmers.

Arleigh served the Town of Lowville for forty-two years including the last twenty as Town Supervisor.  In addition, he served as a director and officer of several cooperatives including sixteen years as a director for Dairylea.  Moreover, he held multiple offices with the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts for over twenty years at the local, state, and national levels.  In 1990, Arleigh and Cynthia were honored with the New York State Farm Family Award by Governor Cuomo.

Arleigh is survived by Cynthia, his beloved wife of sixty-six years; five children and their spouses:  Sara and James Cronin, of Brighton, Paul and Donna Rice, of Lowville, John Rice, of Liverpool, Dean and Lori Rice, of Johnstown, and Andrew and Robin Rice, of Canandaigua; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dr. L. Paul and Sandy Rice, of Saratoga Springs; as well as by nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by a son, Mark Alan Rice, who passed at birth.

No calling hours or funeral service are scheduled.  A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the West Lowville Rural Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2020.

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