SHARON — Funeral services for Joshua Scott Rice, 20, who died unexpectedly on Aug. 25 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. was held Aug. 31 at the Sharon Congregational Church.
Josh was born Dec. 8, 1991 in Lebanon, N.H., the son of Jeffrey S. Rica and Tracy S. Hubbard.
He grew up in Sharon and attended Hartford High School and South Royalton High School.
When he turned 18 he joined the Vermont National Guard and completed his high school diploma through the Patriot Academy in Butlerville, Ind. He was proud to be a member of the Guard. Josh played sports throughout this life from school teams to the occasional pickup games with his older brothers. He had an exceptional love for basketball. Josh was loved by anyone he encountered, and especially loved by his family and friends. He was a spirited person.
When Josh walked into a room you knew he was so full of energy, so full of life. The kind of person you wanted to be around. In his short 20 years he experienced more than most people experience in a lifetime. He lived his life to the fullest every minute of every day. He made it through so much with his head held high. He was a true soldier. And this soldier is now at peace.
He is survived by his mother, Tracy S. Skinner of Tecumseh, Kan.; his father, Jeffrey S. Rice of Sharon/Hartford; three brothers, Paul of Randolph, Christopher of Nashua, N.H., Daniel of Sharon/Hartford; his paternal grandparents, Gary and Kay Rice of Windsor; maternal grandparents, Fred and Carol Hubbard of Tecumseh, Kan.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, three nieces and two nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother Tyler Fred Rice who died in 1993.
Memorial contributions may be made tot the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 683, Essex Junction, 05453.
Condolences may be expressed to Josh’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the September 7, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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