John Leroy Price, 82, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away February 5, 2021 at Miller’s Merry Manor East, Wabash, Indiana. John was born on October 21, 1938 in North Manchester to the late Raymond Eugene “Bing” and Marjorie Evelyn (Bashore) Price. He was one of five children.
Three years after graduating from Central High School in 1956, John married Sherry Lynn Harmeson on October 25, 1959. The two were wed for forty-three years before Sherry passed away on January 20, 2003. During their marriage they had one son, Rick. At an early age John showed that he wasn’t afraid of hard work. He started delivering newspapers then worked at Oak Park Lanes setting pins. As he grew older, John worked for Kroger’s for nine years, where he became the Produce Manager, and then at Controls for a short time. John then worked for Schenkel’s Dairy for thirty years delivering milk to retail stores until his retirement on February 23, 2003. During his time delivering milk, John received his ten-year pin for perfect safe driving. He is fondly remembered as the milk man who always had small chocolate milk cartons for everyone. On Sundays, John worshiped at North Manchester Church of the Nazarene, where he was a member and baptized.
When John wasn’t working to support his family, he enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting, and mushroom hunting. During the summers he loved to go boating and swimming on Lake Wawasee. John also liked to fly control line gas model airplanes. Most of all, however, he loved spending time with his family, especially watching Rick race. One of his proudest moments was watching his son race dirt bikes at Trojan Track in North Webster as well as traveling to many states all over the country for fifteen years. Ten of those years, John announced at the North Webster track. He was well known as the guy at the race track that he would lend a tool or helping hand.
The loving memory of John L. Price will be forever cherished by his son, Rick (Cathy) Price, North Manchester; brothers, Roger L. (Shirley) Price, Marion, Indiana, Michael L. (Connie) Price, Wabash, Indiana, and Randy A. (Jennifer) Price, Warsaw, Indiana; grandchildren, Aaron J. “A.J.” Price, North Manchester and Ashley Marie Price Columbus, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sherry Price; sister, Patricia Jean Parson; and brother-in-law, Robert Parson.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with calling beginning at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana.
For those who wish to honor the memory of John L. Price, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 206, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808 or North Manchester Church of the Nazarene, 504 West Main Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.
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