HOLLAND, Mich. – William Earl Price, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Hospice of Holland's Hospice House after a battle with prostate cancer.
Bill was born to Earl and Marie Price in Saginaw, Mich., on Oct. 15, 1929. He grew up on Cherry Street in Holland, graduated from Holland High School and was a deacon and longtime member of Hope Church.
Bill attended Western Michigan University, transferred to and, in 1951, graduated from Indiana University
, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He served two years in the Army during the Korean War
Bill married Abby Funk in Niles on Oct. 23, 1954, after a brief romance that led to 58 years of life together. Together they have three children, Lynn and Noel Smolenyak of Charlevoix, Mich., Ann and Randy Schutt of Holland, Mich., and Rob and Katie Price of Cary; nine grandchildren, Ellise Smolenyak, Karinne Smolenyak, Leah (Scott) Warner, Jessica (Joshua) Demorow, Marie Schutt, Neal Schutt, Charlie Price, Gretchen Price and Teddy Price; and three great-grandchildren, Sullivan Warner, Oliver Warner and Noah Demorow. Bill is also survived by a sister, Jeanne Prince of Macatawa, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Hallan, in 2009.
Bill's professional life in sales management included the Kawneer Co., in Owens, where he sold glass pipe and patented a portable glass cutter, Johnson & Davison Plumbing Specialties, Commons. This allowed him to move his family to Holland in 1970, and finally, national sales manager for the Holland Hitch Co. from which he retired in 1991.
Other notable achievements professional and personal include being board member and president of the Truck and Trailer Manufacturer's Association, board member and president of the Brook Village Condo Association, Holland Rotary Club
and crew member of the infamous Ensign Sea III.
Bill was an avid golfer and achieved a "hole-in-one" at age 81. He enjoyed fishing and cross country skiing, traveling and coffee with the "guys" at Evergreen Commons.
Bill was a "people person" who especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He treasured time with his grandchildren at sporting events, the beach and family gatherings.
The visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 188 West 32nd St., Holland. The family invites you to join them in celebrating the life of William Price at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, at Hope Reformed Church, 77 W. Eleventh St., Holland, Mich.
The Rev. Jill Russell will be officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or Evergreen Commons.
To sign an online registry or leave a memory, visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.