The Daily Item
PENN YAN, N.Y. — Dr. Andrew C. Rice, 88, of Penn Yan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Lewisburg, Pa., a son of the late Dr. John and Ruth Rice.
He attended Bucknell University and served his country in the Army during World War II. He received two Purple Hearts. He met Elaine Weger, the love of his life, at a USO dance at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, where she was a USO hostess. Their love affair continued for more than 65 years and has been an inspiration to their family and friends.
Andy received his doctorate in microbiology from Cornell University in 1953, and ultimately retired from the Taylor Wine Co. as vice president of production.
He was an active member of the American Society of Enologists, the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, the American Wine Society and received many awards and honors as a scientist, winemaker and educator. He received the Silver Beaver Award for his distinguished service in the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a very active member of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church for many years, serving as trustee and in many other capacities.
Family and faith were of the utmost importance to him. Andy was well-loved and respected in his community, always ready to help others and was known for his wonderful laugh, kind words, and positive outlook.
Andy is survived by his beloved Elaine, their five children, their spouses, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister, Martha Reed, of Lewisburg. His children are Judy Stewart, of Clay, N.Y., Jan Lounsberry, of Penn Yan, Hal Rice, of Troy, Ill., Howie Rice, of Wausau, Wis., and Pahl Rice, of Jewett City, Conn.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Weldon Funeral Home, 102 E. Main St., Penn Yan. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church.
A private burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
We are all richer for having known Andy; he will be greatly missed.