Raymond Leroy Price

July 03, 1934 ‒ June 04, 2018

Marion, Ohio

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.

  • Karen, Debbie, David, Michael and Larry,
    So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Saw him a few times at lunch out and about, always with one of you. He was always laughing and enjoying his time with his family. Fond memories of your farm and your family. I also remember my first initition into fertization of cows…..let’s just say it wasn’t pretty and your dad had a good laugh. Our condolences to you and your families. He is fondly remembered.

  • Dear Price Family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Ray was a wonderful neighbor and we always enjoyed driving by his house and getting his friendly wave and smile. On nice summer days we sometimes would catch him doing yardwork while we were jogging down the road and would catch a quick conversation on the go. Ray always supported the Olentangy Hunt Club Softball Team and we enjoyed his consistent support and presence. Even during the seasons that we struggled to put up many wins he supported us just the same. I guess anyone who is a Brown’s fan has to be willing to take the bad with the good. It has been a blessing to know Ray over the past 9 years and he will be missed.

  • Dear Karen and Family,
    We are both so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Dear Price Family,

    We are so very sad to hear of your loss. As long as I can remember, your father was first a neighbor to my grandparents Ralph & Dorine Laucher, and since 2001 my neighbor. Ray always had a cheerful wave passing by to and from his trips to town. I’ve never known a time when Ray was not a neighbor to myself or someone in my family, and his presence next door was always reassuring to me. He will most certainly be missed by our family, and we send prayers to you and your family.

    Carrie (Crum), Dan & Mitchell