Raymond “Ray” O. Price, 85, Price, N.D., spent his last night on the farm he loved when he died peacefully at the break of dawn on August 3, 2012.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 6, at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with the Revs. Jack Carlson and Richard Hagestuen officiating. Burial will be held in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with full military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post 707 and American Legion Post 40.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, August 5, at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Delivered by Dr. Bunting on October 14, 1926, in Bismarck, Ray was born to Henry and Mabel (Etherington) Price. He married Mary Sturn on March 31, 1951. Ray joined the Army in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1947. He returned to the Bismarck-Mandan area where he and his life-long buddy, Ken Porsborg, started a taxi service business that ran from 1947-1949. He then worked for Dakota Flooring until the spring of 1953 when he and Mary moved out to the farm north of Mandan where he continued to live until the time of his death.
Ray was the 3rd generation to live on the family farm that was the original 1892 homestead of his grandfather, William Price. He was a farmer/rancher through and through and loved nothing more than a chance to sit and visit with someone – anyone – about farming and cattle. He was exceedingly proud to be able to pass the farm on to his son, Duane, and grandson, Gary. “Work is never work if you love what you do,” he would often say. Another source of great pride was his herd of Charolais cattle. Other unique aspects of his farming career included the development of an extensive irrigation system for his crop and hay land, the building of his feedlot in the woods along the Missouri River, and an innovative venture into growing sugarbeets in the early 1970s.
Always a huge fan of music, he loved the big band sound and country-western. A highlight was meeting the singer Ray Price several times where they determined they were shirt-tail relatives. Another hobby included his 50 years of Canadian fishing trips to Flin Flon, Manitoba with friends and his family. Ray was a past member of the Missouri Slope Irrigation Association and the Eagles; he was a lifetime Elks member, and was a current American Legion member.
Ray and Mary spent the last 20 years or so wintering in Arizona and always had great fun with their group of friends there. They also were noted for hosting large, yearly Thanksgivings for family and friends at their cabin in the woods – a cabin Ray acquired along with a land purchase from Dr. Bunting – the doctor who delivered him.
Grateful to have shared his life are his wife of 61 years, Mary; his son Duane (Betty) Price, Price; his daughter Gail (Bob) Mantz, Mandan; his grandchildren Laura (Peter) McAnally, West Concord, Minn.; Craig (Jenna) Price, Grand Forks, N.D.; Gary Price, Price; Gregory (Kaarin) Mantz, Circle Pines, Minn.; and Alison Mantz, Billings, Mont.; his brother Vernon Price, Albuquerque, N.M.; his sister Greta (Don) Rehling, Fargo, N.D.; a brother-in-law Curly Vernon, Center, N.D.; a sister-in-law Arlyn Price, Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Louise McNulty Vernon, his brother Charlie, and an infant sister.