Henry T. Rice

Henry Thomas Rice

August 18, 1945-September 9, 2023

Survived by wife of 56 years, Sheryl Monico Rice; daughter, Shannon Lutter and husband, Richard, daughter, Stacy Houska and husband, Matt; granddaughter, Lillian and husband, Matt Malcom; grandsons, Henry (Buzz) Lutter, Henry Houska, and Sam Houska.

Henry graduated from Tech High School in 1964, where he participated in wrestling and basketball. Soon after high school, he became an active member of the Army National Guard.

At 14, he started his career at Prima’s, which later became Bronco’s. It is at Bronco’s where he became a legend in the restaurant industry. He was hardworking and treated everyone with kindness. Henry encouraged many people to keep trying, chase your dreams, and never settle. Henry was a huge success and an influence on many people.

Henry was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He coached ball games, drove to dance and piano lessons, volunteered at all school events, and attended lots and lots of basketball games. He never missed a grandchild’s event and was always their biggest cheerleader. His youthful spirit showed in everything he did. He loved to vacation with his family, especially at Disney.

Henry never wanted to let anyone down and always tried to live up to everyone’s expectations. He was always there for anybody who needed anything.  Henry will be missed by all. As many would say, “He was one hell of a guy!”

VISITATION: Wednesday, September 13, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W Center Rd., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, September 14, 2023,  10:30am, at the West Center Chapel. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. To view live broadcasts of the Vigil and Funeral Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.


  • Kimberly Talamantes Posted September 11, 2023 9:36 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Traci James Posted September 12, 2023 5:26 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you all find comfort and peace through this difficult time.

  • Elmer Wall Posted September 12, 2023 7:09 am

    Our dear friend. I am so sorry. What a loss for everyone who knew him. We have years of wonderful memories together. Sheryl and girls, this will be a difficult time but remember all the good times and all the people he brought joy to. Love you all. Wish we could be there for you but I know you understand why we can’t travel at this time.

  • Tiffany Posted September 12, 2023 12:35 pm

    Shannon and Family
    I’m sending you so much love. I will never forget Henry’s kindness, He was such a great dad and boss, Bronco’s was one of my first jobs and I had so much fun there :-). I remember him quietly supporting us at volleyball, school, and all the crazy times we were hanging out. I hope you are finding some peace in the outpouring of love from near and far. xoxo

  • Marlene Chaney Posted September 13, 2023 2:55 pm

    Sheryl and Shannon and Stacy, I’m so sorry to hear about Henry, your family has my deepest sympathy and thoughts. Marlene

  • Deb Arnold Posted September 13, 2023 3:27 pm

    I’m so so sorry to the entire Rice family! I was lucky to have him as my “Uncle Henry” for a period of my life! He was a heck of a man! Wish I could be there to celebrate his life! Love you all!

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