Published: Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Joseph D. Price was born Aug. 21, 1921, in O’Neil, Neb., to Earnest and Mary Elizabeth (Nauchman) Price. His seven brothers, Mom and Dad were farmers.
Joe served in the CC’s during the Great Depression, and also served his country in World War II, in the Army in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of Saint John’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, Custer Senior Center, the Lions Club, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, Local Union in Omaha, Neb., and made an appearance in the Gold Discovery Days Parade.
Joe and his wife, Evelyn, were married at Holy Rosary Mission in Pine Ridge, S.D., July 2, 1955. They lived in Omaha, Evergreen, Colo., Walden, Colo., and moved to Custer, S.D., in 1969. They owned and operated Custer Floral and Gifts from 1977 through 1992, then retired to his “Ponderosa” in Custer.
Joe died peacefully at Custer Regional Senior Care Friday Dec. 7, 2012. He was 91. He, Evelyn and family were devout Catholics, with family members as clergy.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; eight brothers, Steve, Pete, Blaine, Frances, Delmar, Basi, Stanley and Pete’s twin brother; his parents; step-son, Lester; daughter, Loretta Ann; and son, Little Joe.
He is survived by sons, Leo B. Price of Gillette, Wyo., Michael A. (Erica) Price of Hill City, S.D., step-sons, Melvin (Lorraine) Swallow of Cuny Table, S.D., Lonnie Swallow of Red Shirt Table; and many grand and great-grandchildren.
Funeral wake will be held at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Custer Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Tim Hoag officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis, S.D.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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