Buel Price

Buel Edward Price, 81, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, following complications from surgery at Cox Hospital in Springfield.

He was born April 14, 1929 in Campbell, son of Elta and Mary Leona Panky Price. He and Virginia Louise Hickerson were married in August 1949. She died Jan. 1, 1993. He and Loretta were married in 1993.

He grew up in the rural Campbell area, where his parents owned and operated a cotton farm.

In March 1947, he joined the Army at the age of 17 and was assigned with ski troopers 18th regimental combat team of the second division near Leadville, Colo. He was trained for combat duty on skis and winter survival. In May 1949, he enlisted in the Air Force was assigned to Force Base near Alamogordo, N.M. He was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant and placed in charge of one section of the communication squadron.

During the Korean War, he received special orders for Korea. He was assigned duty with the 18th Communication Squadron of the 18th Fighter Bomber Wing. The base flew B26 fighter-bomber combat missions.

Following the war, he attended Three Rivers Business College in Poplar Bluff. He began employment at Fort Leonard Wood in May 1957. He retired in May 1984 after 32 years as a supervisor computer technician at the Central Computer Operations Center. He received honors and medals for his service to the United States.

In addition to his military work, he owned and operated six rental houses, renting mostly to the military.

He loved to camp, fish, garden and being outdoors. He and his second wife, Loretta, traveled and ran a business together.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 43 years, Virginia; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta of Houston; a daughter, Mary Louise Morales of Malden; a great-granddaughter; a great-grandson; three stepchildren, Chris Neugebauer of Eureka, Rodney Neugebauer of Houston and Lisa Thomas of Springfield; three step-grandsons; three step-granddaughters; and a step great-grandson.

Services were Monday, Sept. 13, at Souls Harbor Family Worship with Pastor Cordie Wimberley officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Palace Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Palace Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

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