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Hayden E. Rice, Jr.

August 9, 1923 November 27, 2019
Hayden E. Rice, Jr.
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Hayden E. Rice, Jr., age 96, formerly of Fombell, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 while under the care of Northview Estates in Ellwood City.

Born on August 9, 1923 in Lanett, AL, he was the son of the late Hayden E. Rice, Sr. and Lillian Rocmore Rice.

Hayden proudly served in the U.S. Army as a machine gunner during WWII in Papua New Guinea. He worked for the Herman Corporation for over 38 years, where he travelled extensively and was honored to meet Mother Theresa during that time. He was a member of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church in Zelienople. Hayden was a 70-year member of the Zelienople American Legion, where he served as Chairman of the blood drive and donated many times. He was also a past President of the Zelienople Sportsmen’s Club. Hayden enjoyed spending his winters in Florida. He loved golfing and bowling, especially in the couple’s league with his wife, Margaret. Above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 73 years, Margaret Demertz Rice, whom he married on March 2, 1946; his children, Mary (Tim) Milligan of Freedom, Cynthia (Bill) Moncrief of Fombell, Margaret “Peggy” (Walter) Panko of Camp Hill, Colleen (Fred) Bermudez of Surprise, AZ, and H. Brian (Ann Long, fiancée) Rice of Cranberry Twp.; his son-in-law, David Dindinger; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Hayden was preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Dindinger; his brother, Calvin F. Rice; and his sister, Uldine Whaley.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Northview Estates for the kindness, compassion and support they provided over the years.

Friends and family will be received from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. on Monday, December 2, 2019 at the Boylan Funeral Home, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063.

Following visitation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, 2 W. Beaver St., Zelienople, PA 16063.

Hayden will be laid to rest with military honors at the Zelienople Community Mausoleum.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Blind Association of Butler County, 322 N. Cedar St., Butler, PA 16001, or to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

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8:30 AM 12/2/2019 8:30:00 AM - 9:30 AM 12/2/2019 9:30:00 AM
Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East

324 E. Grandview Avenue
Zelienople, PA 16063

Boylan Funeral Home, Inc. - Zelienople East
324 E. Grandview Avenue Zelienople 16063 PA
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM 12/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
St. Gregory Catholic Church

2 W. Beaver Street
Zelienople, PA 16063

St. Gregory Catholic Church
2 W. Beaver Street Zelienople 16063 PA
United States

Cemetery Details


Zelienople Community Mausoleum Final Resting Place

S. Oliver Avenue
Zelienople, PA 16063

S. Oliver Avenue Zelienople 16063 PA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Blind Association of Butler County

322 N. Cedar St.
Butler, PA 16001

American Cancer Society

320 Bilmar Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4620

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