CLASS OF 1933

NOVEMBER 28, 1915 - JUNE 16, 2012

Clifford Ellsworth Price, 96, a resident of Bentley Commons in Keene, New Hampshire, died June 16, 2012, after a brief illness.

He was born in Osawatomie, Kan., Nov. 28, 1915, son of Gertrude (Powell) and Thomas Earl Price. He was the great-grandson of a Union soldier in the Civil War.

He attended schools in Osawatomie, and graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1933, never having missed a day of school in 12 years. He attended the University of Kansas. He was awarded his Eagle Scout badge by Boy Scout Troop 99, where he also served as assistant scoutmaster.

Mr. Price worked for the U.S. Postal Service until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He attended Officer's Candidate School and, as a first lieutenant, was assigned to duty at Grenier Field Air Base in Manchester. At Grenier Field, he met Lt. Muriel Winterbottom, whom he married in 1944. He remained in the Army until 1946, when he was discharged and he and his wife settled in Osawatomie, where he returned to the postal service. In 1952, he rejoined the Army and was stationed at Fort Major Leonard Wood, Mo., Paris, France, the Presidio in San Francisco, Okinawa, the Pentagon, LaRochelle, France, Ft. Hamilton, N.Y., Fort Belvoir, Va., Seoul, South Korea, and Long Island, N.Y., until he retired from the Army in 1968.

In 1966, the Prices moved their family to Keene, where they lived at 341 Pako Ave.

Mr. Price worked at NGM Insurance and for Troy Post Office as a rural route carrier. He also held many part-time jobs to help support his family at the Keene Post Office, OK Fairbanks Supermarket, and Spofford General Store. He retired in 1985.

He enjoyed traveling in the United States. He and his wife visited all 50 states, and traveled abroad. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. They enjoyed meeting new friends and took numerous Vermont Transit Tours. He enjoyed bowling, the Boston Celtics, crossword puzzles and his afternoon nap.

Mr. Price was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and donated countless gallons of blood. Whenever he was living in the United States, he made the effort to attend the yearly high school alumni event in Osawatomie.

Survivors include his three daughters, Judith Kinnear of Keene, NH, Janet Chapell and her husband, Bruce, of East Montpelier, Vt., and Joan Ira of Redwood City, Calif.; a son, Jon Price of Harrisville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his sister and brother-in-law, Anna Lee and John Billam, and their family, of Osawatomie, Kan. His wife of 66 years, Muriel, died in November, 2010.

Services will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Avenue, Keene, followed by a memorial service and reception at Keene Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave.

There are no calling hours. Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Keene is in charge of arrangements.

The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Mr. Price's memory to the American Red Cross, 83 Court St., Keene 03431; or to Osawatomie High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 421, Osawatomie, Kan. 66064. 

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