Mark L. Rice

February 8, 1943 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Mark L. Rice, 79, of Hermitage passed away peacefully Saturday September 17th, 2022 in his home with his family at his side.

Mark was born February 8th, 1943 to J. Evelyn (Hunt) Rice in Denton, TX. Growing up, he lived with his mother J. Evelyn Rice and his step-father Dr. Dale Rice. He graduated in 1961 from Sharpsville High School. Mark served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966 as a Hospital Corpsman. He then graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.  He retired from Sharon Metal Fence Company after working for 35 years.

In his youth, Mark was a talented musician and enjoyed a variety of music.  He also enjoyed his time on the water, sailing and scuba diving.   Mark loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He was a great animal lover and never met a dog that didn’t love him instantly.  His family affectionately dubbed him “Mr. Fix-it” because he could literally fix anything.

Mark is survived  by his loving spouse of 54 years Judy (Barnes) Rice; His son, Douglas L. Rice, and wife Valerie Rice, grandchildren, Ella and Ethan Rice, Clark PA; His daughter, Debra A Rossi, husband Mark Rossi, grandchildren, Dominic and Gia Rossi, Grand Rapids, MI; His brother, James Rice and wife Susan Rice, and sister Jane Barnes and husband Randy Barnes, and his sister-in-law, Sally Barnes, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Roy Lynn Wilson, his parents, brother-in-law, Thomas Barnes, and sister-in-law, Mary Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter 2599 Broadway Rd. Hermitage, PA 16148 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio St. Suite 500 Chicago, IL 06011.

Friends may call Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the SHERMAN Funeral Home 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 at 10:00 am in the SHERMAN Funeral Home.

Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery Sharon, PA.

Arrangements entrusted to the SHERMAN Funeral Home & Crematory.

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September 21, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home
2201 Highland Road
Hermitage, PA 16148

Funeral Service
September 22, 2022

10:00 AM
Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home
2201 Highland Road
Hermitage, PA 16148


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