HAMILTON — Richard Stancliffe Kice, born Jan. 22, 1938, to Hugh Sr. and Bernice Kice in Los Angeles; passed away in Whitefish on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

After becoming a U.S. Marine, obtaining a master's degree at the University of Oregon, a career with Shell Oil and Commercial Real Estate in Oakland, California, he escaped to Hamilton where he perfected his life of hunting, fishing, fiddle playing, travel and friendship. Cantankerous, obstinate, excessively frugal and in no way unrepenting. Rich, Dick, Richi as he was known to his many friends around the world, volunteered and worked for the community with the Teller Wildlife Refuge, the Marine Corps League, and First Presbyterian Church. He traveled to over 60 countries and all of these United States; and though handicapped his last few years he walked Machu Picchu, fished Christmas Island and traveled by train across Europe to China. Pipe in hand he was known for his tremendous sense of humor and wonderful stories; a raconteur of the first order. Richard will be forever missed by all those who had the pleasure of his friendship.

Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. with a reception following at the Eagles Club on Second Street. Richard’s wish was to spend eternity in his beloved Bitterroot Mountains. Auf Wiedersehen — Semper Fidelis

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