PRINCETON — George Robert Price, 83, of Princeton, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. He was born Feb. 29, 1936 in Friendsville, Illinois to parents, Rex Burton Price and Luella Pearl (Beal) Price who made a large family including nine other children. George proudly served his country in the United States Army after marrying the love of his life, Mary Lee (Ward) Price on June 14, 1958. They were blessed with 54 years of marriage together until her passing in 2012.
George operated S&P Auto Supply for over 20 years, then Price Installation for another 10 years. He was a 51-year member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as a 3rd Degree. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was extremely active and was a past member of the Princeton American Legion. He was an avid Cardinals Baseball fan and in his younger years enjoyed staying active in sports such as softball, golf, and bowling as well as camping with family and friends. George enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren follow in his footsteps with their love of sports. He loved telling stories and never met a stranger. George was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
George is survived by his four loving children, Cindy (Harry) Wallace, Michelle (Chuck) Kennard, Jim Price, and Brian (Stephanie Purcell) Price, 11 grandchildren, Christy Wallace, Nick (Andrea) Wallace, Cassie (Corey) Hicks, Jake (Kerry) Wallace, Andy (Heidi) Kennard, Jon (Kasey) Kennard, Chad Kennard, Ben (Paige) Kennard, Zach Price, Josh Price, and Alexis Price; 12 great-grandchildren, Kennedy Kennard, Charlie Kennard, Amelia Kennard, Elijah Kennard, Scarlett Kennard, Presley Kennard, Addison Kennard, Austyn Kennard, Emmalyn Wallace, Clara Wallace, Grayson Hicks, and Rhett Hicks; 5 sisters, Roberta (Leon) Stutzman, Julia Adams, Helen Peters, Marie Kolb, and Jeanette (Gene) Shepard; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; sisters-in-law, Martha (John) Throckmorton, Rachael Barlett, and Judy Dirkson; and two very special caregivers, Kaycie Hall and her daughter, Skylynn.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and several siblings, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of George's life is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton officiated by Father Brian Emmick. Burial follows at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Princeton. Visitation is from 1 p.m until service time Friday, May 31, 2019 at the funeral home. The family would like to extend sharing of memories and gathering of family and friends after the burial at the Princeton Knights of Columbus.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Children's Hospital or to Knights of Columbus 1131. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle in memory of George at www.colvinfuneralhome.com. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Price family.