John Manley Rice, 88, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. He was a longtime Benson County farmer. Born Sept. 21, 1925, in Maddock, he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. His parents were Anna Lillian (Bjerkan) and Herman J. Rice. He was somewhere in the middle with 15 siblings, and always had a soft spot for kids and animals.