Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Silex Mayor Dies, Two Injured in Head-On Crash in Lincoln County

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Silex Mayor Dies, Two Injured in Head-On Crash in Lincoln County

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SILEX * The mayor of Silex was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Friday.

David E. Rice, 67, was taken to Progress West Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Rice's son, David Eugene Rice Jr., 43, confirmed that his father had been killed in the crash.

Rice Jr. said his father was a fantastic man who loved his grandchildren.

"He worked construction most of his life and was fixing up the town of Silex," he said softly.

He said his father had helped save the town from two floods. Rice had been mayor for three years, his son said. Silex is a town of about 200 people in Lincoln County.

Silex Police Chief William G. Barnes ll said the city was in mourning over Rice's death.

"Mayor Rice was a dedicated public servant and went above and beyond for the city of Silex and was a great friend to me," Barnes said. …

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