Clarence Price, 98
Fri, 01/31/2020 - 3:01pm admin
Oct. 27, 1921 —
Jan. 13, 2020
FORMERLY OF ELMA - Clarence Howard Price, age 98 of Eldora, Iowa, passed away on Jan. 13, 2020. He was a resident of Eldora Specialty Care nursing home.
Memorial services were held at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown, Iowa on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 with Rev. Clint Francisco officiating. Burial followed at the Eldora Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. For condolences or questions, please visit: www.mitchellfh.com.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1921 on a farm near Ackley to Stephen Albert and Eva Loretta (Sherbon) Price. He received his early education in country schools in Hardin County, Iowa and attended high school in Eldora. Clarence married Bonnie Burgess on Sept. 26, 1942 at the Eldora Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army Infantry from March 19, 1943 until Jan. 31, 1946. He took his basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas, then joined the 84th Railsplitter Division. Clarence drove a truck in the Red Ball Express, delivering supplies to the front lines in Europe. His division spent Christmas through Jan. 10 fighting in the Battle of The Bulge. After his honorary discharge, he continued to farm in the Conrad-Beaman area. He later farmed near Elma, Iowa and Steamboat Rock, Iowa. In his spare time he enjoyed the family farm acreage, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Four children were born to Clarence and Bonnie, Janet, Stan, Lou Ann and Dan. Bonnie passed away in 1984. Clarence married Bernice Johnson on Oct. 12, 1990. She passed away in 2013. He was a member of the Elma, Eldora and then Laurel United Methodist Church and the Conrad, Elma and Steamboat Rock American Legion Posts.
Clarence is survived by his four children, Janet (Loyd) Patrick of Stephenville, Texas, Stanley (Glenda) Price of Grapevine, Texas, Lou Ann Price of Anita, Iowa and Dan (Linda) Price of Bloomington, Minn.; three stepchildren, Jeanine Drahola of Scottsdale, Ariz., Roger (Mary) Hayden Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Julie (Clint) Francisco of Laurel, Iowa; grandchildren, Douglas Patrick, Lisa (Dennis) Miller, Nancy (Eddie) Jones, Alex Price and Ian Price; great-grandchildren, Trace and Seth Patrick, Justin Larremore, Caleb Miller and Jake, Caleb and Chase Jones; and many loving relatives.
He is also survived by his sisters, Leona (Loyd) Sword, Shirley (Bill) Dace, Colleen (Jack) Eflin and Loretta (Dick) Hoppe and his brothers, Harvey (Janet) Price and Lawrence (Janet) Price.
Preceding Clarence in death were his parents; his sisters, Joan (Louis) King, Helen (Louis) Smith and Frances (Dale) Zeltman; and his brothers, Charles Edward Price in World War II, Stephen (Donna) Price Jr., Henry (Joyce) Price and LeRoy (Betty) Price.