I hear often that people are too busy or don’t know how to be an advocate for prostate cancer. Another common refrain is that the “groups” will take care of it. Unfortunately the groups are often hardworking individuals like yourself. The only difference is that they just decided to just do it. Everyone has skills. Some enjoy public speaking. Others do newsletters. Maybe you enjoy computers, fund raising or are willing to stuff envelopes.

Mike Rice was one of those men. He fought tirelessly for men with prostate cancer. We lost him too young and he will leave a tremendous hole.

Mike’s obituary will let you know who he was.


Michael J. Rice

Brigadier General (MI), Ret.

Delta Township, MI

Brigadier General Michael J. Rice, former Deputy Director for the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, died peacefully July 10th, 2007, at the age of 65 after an eleven year running gun battle with advanced prostate cancer. A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and loyal friend to so many, Mike will be remembered for his devotion to family, his courage, resolve, humor and leadership. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Bobbi (Barbara), son, Dr. Michael D. Rice (Dr. Guillermina Nava-Rice), daughter Laura Rice-Oeschger (Brent) and cherished granddaughters, Ileana and Jaylee Oeschger. He is also survived by his brothers Dr. John Rice (June), Stephen Rice (Phyllis), nieces, nephews and many dear and cherished friends. General Rice’s distinguished career with the Michigan Army National Guard and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs was highlighted by his many command and staff assignments and expertise in inter