Christopher Paul Rice, son of Vickie Sue Rice Heuring and Dennis Spradling, was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on September 20, 1975, and passed away at his home in University City, Missouri on August 31, 2015, at the age of 39 years, 11 months and 11 days.
He was raised in Southeast Missouri, had lived in Colorado, New Zealand and California before moving to St. Louis five years ago. He was an animal lover, and helped rescue cats, and was a supporter of the Street Outreach Program for the homeless in St. Louis. He had worked as a server for several restaurants and was a licensed tatoo artist and graduated from Coleman College in San Diego, California as a computer graphic designer.
Surviving are his mother, Vickie Sue Heuring of Scott City, Missouri; his father, Dennis Spradling of Fisk, Missouri; and many aunts and uncles. Other relatives and friends also survive.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015, at 3:00 pm at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri with Rev. Jeff Roth of Dexter officiating.
Interment will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri with full military honors. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Missouri in charge of arrangements.