Kevin Hicks "Mac Ta Zee" Rice 1956 - 2006 Topeka
Native American Church services for Kevin Hicks "Mac Ta Zee" Rice, 50, Topeka, will be Saturday evening at the Native American Church on the Potawatomi Reservation. Burial with military honors will be in Mahkuk Cemetery.Mr. Rice died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at the family home, of a stroke.He was born Sept. 8, 1956, in Holton, the son of Orville Jr. and Betty J. Mahkuk Rice. He graduated from Shawnee Heights High School and attended Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.Mr. Rice served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a graphic designer for various custom neon sign companies. He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and Native American Church in Kansas. He also was a member of We-Ta-Se Post 410 of the American Legion in Mayetta.He married Rhonda Bonjour in 1980. They divorced. He married Cynthia Gordon in 1993. She survives.Other survivors include his parents, Orville Rice Jr. and Betty Mahkuk Rice, both of Topeka; three daughters, Amber Dawn Grimmett, Grantville, and Amy Gordon and Sierra Skye Rice, both of Lawrence; three brothers, Bradley O. Rice, Mayetta, and Christopher W. Rice and Calvin Masqua, both of Lawrence; three sisters, Shirley Rice-Henderson and Sylvia Johnson, both of Topeka, and Jeanette Little Sun, Pawnee, Okla.; and three grandchildren.Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home in Topeka, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.The family suggests memorials to Helping Hands Humane Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 800 W. Sixth Ave., Topeka 66603.