Remembering Arthur Lee Rice

Arthur Rice
Arthur Rice

It is with regret that we announce the death of Arthur Lee Rice, Building Service Technician at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks. He passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 25, in Essentia Hospital, Fargo, at the age of 61.

Arthur Lee Rice, youngest son of Arthur and Irene (Anderson) Rice was born May 3, 1958, in Rugby, N.D. He weighed only one pound and twelve ounces and survived before there were many technological advancements in the treatment of premature babies. Art grew up on the family farm, helping with the farm work and with his dad’s construction business. At a very young age he was diagnosed with a severe hearing impairment. With the help of hearing aids and supportive teachers, Art was able to attend Esmond Public School and graduate with the class of 1977. He was very proud of his hometown and his hometown school.

After graduation, Art attended Lake Region Junior College, Devils Lake. While going to college, he started working at Kmart in Devils Lake. He later moved to Grand Forks and worked at the Kmart there. He began working at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks on January 1, 1981, and was employed 38 years as a Building Service Technician. He was employed at the time of his passing.

Art met the love of his life, Cynthia “Cindy” Cariveau in 1979. They married on June 17, 1983 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks. They were blessed when their daughter, Rachel, was born in 1985.

Art was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. Whether it was physical labor or a listening ear, he was there. He spent many hours on the phone, especially on Sundays, connecting with classmates, with family, friends, or hometown people. He was a bargain hunter, scouting out the best deals on anything from toilet paper to coffee. True to his Norwegian heritage, he enjoyed lutefisk and other Norwegian treats, not only eating them but also cooking or baking them.

When his granddaughter, Serenity, was born, his world became brighter. He delighted in getting her things.

Art is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cindy; their only child, Rachel, (Jarrod Hillstad) and his only granddaughter, Serenity Kerzmann all of Grand Forks, ND; his sisters-in-law, Diane Rice, Devils Lake, ND, Susan Pearson, Grand Forks, ND, Michelle Cariveau, East Grand Forks, MN, Debbie Bye of WY; his brothers–in-law, Steve Cariveau, Peter (Pam) Cariveau both of East Grand Forks, MN and Dan (Diane) Cariveau, Grand Forks, ND; his mother-in-law, Beverly (Mrs. Steve) Cariveau, East Grand Forks, MN and survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Irene Rice; a brother, LeRoy Rice and father-in-law, Steve Cariveau Sr.

Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks, ND.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service in The Historic Norman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the liturgy in the church on Tuesday.
Burial: St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Minnewaukan, ND, in the spring.