Daniel Odell Ice, age 86, died Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Retired from Louisville Gas & Electric, and a former ranger with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. A lifelong denizen of Nelson County, Dan Ice was born December 28, 1934, at the height of the Great Depression in a log house off Ritchie Lane, was raised in the knobs of Balltown, New Haven, and Icetown, and made his home on New Haven Road for 52 years with his wife, Marlona. He will be laid to rest at Saint Thomas. Despite two stints serving his country in the U.S. Army in Germany and Maryland, a trip to Hawaii and visits to family in Lexington, he was never comfortable being outside of Nelson Country for longer than six hours, give or take an hour or two. A true raconteur of the old school, Daniel Odell was always ready with a one liner or a good story, and was just as ready to regale you with an anecdote drawn from the history of the county or Kentucky. “How are you doing, today, Dad? Oh, sick, sober, and broke.” A gentleman farmer at heart, he appreciated a good tractor, particularly if was John Deere green. Need an opinion on the make of a car or truck? Dan Ice had one for you. Appreciated long rides in the country and mass at Gethsemani, where he particularly enjoyed his friendships with the brothers, perhaps wondering if they would take him on as an honorary Trappist. Kentucky Colonel, former member of the Nelson County JCs and the Nelson County Airport Board. Dan Ice loved his home, Nelson County, and his family. He will be missed.
Daniel Odell Ice was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Lucian Ice, his mother, Anna Pearl Scamahorne Ice, and his sister, Mary Ellen Metcalfe.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlona Ruggles Ice; his daughter Anna Marie (Tim) Cambron of Versailles; his son, John Thomas David (Andrea) Ice of Arlington, Virginia; his son, Daniel Lee Ice of Lexington; his daughter, Marlona Katherine (Chad) Ice-Wedding, of Lexington; his granddaughter, Carly Ann Cambron, of Nashville; his granddaughter, Lauren Marie Cambron, of Lexington; his grandson, Seth Joseph Cambron, of Lexington; and his granddaughters, Providence Ilsley Ice and Liberty Marie Ice, of Arlington, Virginia.
His Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Thursday July 15, 2021 at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, with burial in St. Thomas Cemetery. Rev. Terry Bradshaw will officiate. Visitation will be 4 – 8 pm Wednesday July 14 and 9 – 10:15 am Thursday July 15 at Barlow Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Abbey of Gethsemani or St. Joseph Catholic Church.
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