William S. Rice Jr., age 85, of Cimarron, Colo., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10 in Valley Manor Nursing Home in Montrose, Colo.

William was born May 4, 1933 in Hereford, Texas spending most of his young life in Hereford.

He married Jeannie Scarborough on Feb. 8, 1952. They just celebrated 67 years of marriage. They lived in Gunnison, Colo., and Marshfield, Mo., before moving to Cimarron, Colo., in 1974.

He ranched many years in Missouri and also was an engineer with the steel plant in Marshfield and Springfield, Mo. He worked as a truck driver for Coleman Trucking in Gunnison and worked as a bus mechanic for Harmon & Sons in Montrose, as well as a mechanic for Gunnison County before retiring in 1998.

William is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Jeannie; sons Holt (Rhonda) Rice of Marshfield, Mo., Shane Rice of Montrose, Colo.; daughters Rheata (Mark) Steen of Cimarron, Colo., Roxie (Roy) Huston of Olathe, Colo., Rorri Adams of Trinidad, Colo., Robyn (David) Huston of Montrose, Colo.; and his brother Don Rice of Bryan, Texas.

He is also survived by nieces, nephews, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sons Cody and Kyle and daughter Risa.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under care of Crippin Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers donate to your favorite charity.