Final Salute to a Beloved Hero

A celebration of life for Ford Worthington Rice was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Simi Valley on Saturday, Feb. 20. Read our full story here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING HER FATHER - Cindy Rice, daughter of Ford Rice, talks about her father during Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING HER FATHER – Cindy Rice, daughter of Ford Rice, talks about her father during Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING THE VETERAN - Photographs and mementos of Ford Rice are on display during his celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING THE VETERAN – Photographs and mementos of Ford Rice are on display during his celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers HONOR GUARD - Bob Martinez, left, plays the drums as the President Ronald Reagan Marine Detachment #597 Honor Guard presents the colors during Ford Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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HONOR GUARD – Bob Martinez, left, plays the drums as the President Ronald Reagan Marine Detachment #597 Honor Guard presents the colors during Ford Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING - Mourners listen to Ford Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING – Mourners listen to Ford Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING - Ford Rice's niece, Shelley Rice Deutsch, left, and nephew, Allen Deutsch, give a eulogy during Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING – Ford Rice’s niece, Shelley Rice Deutsch, left, and nephew, Allen Deutsch, give a eulogy during Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers STARS AND STRIPES - John Calderon, left, commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 55, presents Cindy Rice with an American flag during Ford Rice's celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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STARS AND STRIPES – John Calderon, left, commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 55, presents Cindy Rice with an American flag during Ford Rice’s celebration of life service on Feb. 20 at the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Simi Valley.

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