Owner of Rocky’s Pizza passes away

Rocky Rice, 59 (in 2020), of Heltonville, Indiana sits on horseback in support of police during a Defend the Police rally in front of the Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday August 22, 2020. (Zachary Kaufman / for The Bloomingtonian)

Multiple sources told the Bloomingtonian, that local business owner, activist and Rocky’s Pizza restaurant proprietor Ronald “Rocky” Rice, 62, died Monday.

The Monroe County Republican Party held meetings in the past at the pizza restaurant, and Rice was known around Bloomington for dressing up as an old-fashioned Sheriff, complete with silver revolvers.


Rocky’s Pizza is closed on Monday evening.

The Bloomingtonian reached out to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Monday after 5 p.m. and not received a response yet.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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