Donald L. Price passed away at the age of 92 on Thursday, October 15, 2020. He was born on December 1, 1927 to Clarence and Larene Chase Price in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska.
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Donald moved to the Ashland area as a youngster and graduated Hayesville High School in 1945. He then joined the Army post war and served in occupied Japan.
Donald married Shirley Gault on June 11, 1950 at Stone Lutheran Church, and they recently celebrated 70 wonderful years together. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley and their four children, Jerry (Terri) Price and Gail (Penny) Price of Cincinnati, Suellen (Kevin) Valentine and Nancy (Steve) Mitchell of Ashland. Donald and Shirley have ten grandchildren: Jennifer Weisner, Justin Price, Chandra Valentine, Alex Valentine, Sam Valentine, Hannah Valentine, Maddie Price, Nick Price, Spencer Mitchell and Molly Mitchell. They were also blessed with twelve great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Emmi and Logan Weisner, Caleb, Owen, Addy and Oliver Clinger, Monroe Reynolds, Ceci and Gwen Valentine, and Mason and Zoey Price. Spending beach vacations with family and being surrounded by family was one of “Papa’s” favorite things.
Donald is survived by one brother, Lloyd (Shelby) Price of Lakeland, FL, he was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mildred Price. He was beloved by his extended family and family by marriage.
Donald was employed by the United States Postal Service, and worked there for 46 years before retiring in 2002. He was an active member of the National Association of Postal Supervisors, and attended their national conventions every four years, after retiring he joined the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He also was a school bus driver for many years until he retired.
He was a life member of the American Legion in Jeromesville. He was an active member of Ashland Evening Lions, and enjoyed volunteering for various Lion’s activities. He also received the Lion’s Betty Coffey Fellow Award, Marvin Jones Fellow Award, and President’s Award.
He was a longtime active member, usher, volunteer, and devout worshiper at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland. Donald also donated blood throughout his life totaling 238 pints (2 pints less that 30 gallons), and was inducted into the Blood Donor Hall of Fame.
Donald impacted many lives during his lifetime. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by his family. He was a quiet guy, but a big presence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Trinity Lutheran Church - Good Samaritan Fund (trinityashland.org/opportunities/giving).