Ernest C. “Ernie” Rice, 58, Kansas City, MO passed away October 27, 2008.

Ernie was born July 24, 1950 in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Van Horn High School. He was the owner of Ernie’s Home Repair since 1992. He also enjoyed sports – playing volleyball at church, coaching baseball in Little League and 3 & 2 League, and watching Pop Warner football games. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #26 of South Kansas City and attended Fairmount Christian Church.

Ernie was preceded in death by a sister Edna Harrington. He is survived by his wife Rhonda Rice, of the home; son Gregory W. Rice; daughter Brittney K. Rice, both of Philadelphia, PA; son Jason K. Starchman, Kansas City, MO; daughter Aliscia R. Starchman, Independence, MO; son Derek B. Starchman, Raytown, MO; brother James E. Rice III; sister Elizabeth K. McLeod; both of Independence, MO; sister Glenny M. Sparks, Lee’s Summit MO; brothers William H.M. Rice, Chicago, IL; Terry R. Rice, Kansas City, MO; eight grandchildren and friend Ken Randolph.

Services will be 2 p.m., Friday, October 31, at Carson-Speaks Chapel, Independence, 816-252-7900. Interment at Mt. Washington Forever Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the American Heart Assoc. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.speakschapel.com.