Raymond Leroy Price
July 03, 1934 ‒ June 04, 2018
Raymond Leroy Price, age 83 of Marion, passed away on Monday June 4, 2018 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center following a short bout with cancer.
Ray was born on July 3, 1934 in Marion, the son of Hurley William and Inez (Yager) Price. He graduated from Claridon High School in 1952.
On July 2, 1955, Ray was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Catherine Dennig. They were married nearly 60 years until she preceded him in death on January 18, 2015.
A lifelong farmer, Ray loved working outdoors no matter what the weather. He lived his whole life in the same house where he was born. In his earlier years, he maintained a dairy herd of Brown Swiss cattle, later switching to beef and hogs and most recently crops only. He was an International tractor owner and a Ford car owner, never wavering from his preference. He loved driving around the countryside, especially in the Amish areas, to see what and how other farmers were doing. He worked on the farms until he could no longer do it, his last endeavor was loading and selling beans this spring.
Ray also drove a school bus for River Valley Schools for 38 years. He was a strict disciplinarian but loved all the children as much as they loved and respected him. Naturally, he watched many boys and girls grow up over the years and became a family friend to many. No matter where Ray went, he would inevitably run into one of his former students and would reminisce of days gone by.
He was a devoted Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, but his biggest interest was definitely his family. He always supported whatever activity anyone was involved in, going to sporting events, fair shows, recitals and even musicals. He was such a proud and loving dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He always had a smile and a soft laugh and wanted to be included in whatever was going on. He loved to just ride along wherever someone was going. Ray was always willing to step in and help with any handyman job, but didn’t ask for much himself.
Ray loved to travel, especially cruising. His last big trip was to the Panama Canal, but he visited most every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. In his quiet time, he enjoyed puzzles, TV game shows and eating out.
He is survived by his five children: Karen L. Holston, Debbie (Bill) Albright, David Price, Michael (Joanne) Price and Larry Price, all of Marion; grandchildren: Karellyn and Macy Holston, Nichole (Chris) Spear, Shannon Robinson, Trevor (Andie) Robinson, Kayla (Bryan) Fathbruckner, Chris Price, Michelle (Grant) Campbell, Jessica (Doug) Schwartz, Cody Price and Addyson Price; great-grandchildren: Brock, Brantley and Brazen Spear, Cadence Fathbruckner, Owen and Lillyrose Campbell and Reagan Schwartz, whose enamored name for Ray was P-Pa; sister: Martha (William) Crabtree and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margaret Price; a son-in-law, Ed Holston; and siblings: Alice Steed and Dorothy Gruber.
Visitation will be Saturday June 9, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 10AM to 12Noon; Funeral service will follow at 12Noon; Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association.
The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Price family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralhomes.com.