CHARLES FRANKLIN "CHUCK" PRICE, SR.July 18, 1936 ~ September 29, 2017 (age 81)
Charles F. Price, Sr.
Jul 18, 1936-Sep 29, 2017
On a beautiful fall day, our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend left this earth to bask in the sun, open the top of a cold Hamms beer, tell stories with long lost family and friends, while walking along the gardens of heaven. On September 29, 2017, Charles F. Price, Sr. passed away in his beloved home after fighting a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Congestive Heart Failure. Charlie was diagnosed in 2011 with IPF and the Doctors said at that time the survival time is 3 ½ to 5 years. As stubborn as he was, he was not going to listen to the Doctors and prove them wrong as he fought this battle for 7 ½ years.
Charlie was born on July 18, 1936 in Columbia, Tennessee. Growing up during the depression and post war era, he and his 6 siblings lived a simple life. To help his mother and three older sisters with household expenses, he started to work at the early age of 9 delivering papers, working at the local swimming pool, and setting pins at the bowling alley. Charlie joined the Air Force and served his country from Alaska to Florida. He never forgot a name or face. During his time in Florida, he helped strap pilots into the cockpit of their plane. One pilot would end up being the future father-in-law to his daughter.
Charlie married his lovely bride, Mary, after a 2 week courtship. This past July they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. This union brought 4 children, Terri (Brett) Waklee, Gil (Gina) Price, Mary Sue (Oliver) Chase and Chuck Jr. Charlie and Mary moved to Idaho in 1963 after Charlie joined the Idaho National Guard as a full time technician at Gowen Field AFB in Boise, Id. This is where they put down roots and called home. Charlie rose through the ranks and ended his career retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant and serving as the Idaho Senior Enlisted Advisor, serving his country for over 36 years.
Charlie became involved with the American Legion baseball after watching Chuck Jr. play ball. He eventually became involved with many of the programs of the American Legion, including Boys State where he served as the President for many years. Charlie was Department Commander of the American Legion in 2003-2004. Charlie served as National Sergeant at Arms for National Commander Al Lance during 1999 to 2000.
But what mattered most to Charlie was his family and friends. He did anything and everything for his family and friends. He enjoyed having his family around.
Charlie is survived by his bride, Mary, children, Terri (Brett) Waklee, Gil (Gina) Price, Mary Sue (Oliver) Chase and Chuck Jr, grandchildren Terry Allen (Carrie) Wadley, Elizabeth (Matt) Meldaus, John Price, Marissa Chase, Michael Chase, great grandchildren Jaden and Jackson Wadley, brother Ollie Stewart, sisters-in-law Polly Price and Nancy Price, along with many nieces and nephews. Also part of our family are Jerry & Roberta Sellman, and Rick & Beckie Hanni, their children and our American Legion Family.
The family would like to thank hospice Encompass for the loving care they provided for our father. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Idaho American Legion Baseball and/or Boys State programs in memory of Charlie.
Interment services will be held at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery, Boise, ID on October 16, 2017 at 10:00am. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the Price residence on the October 16th from 2pm-7pm. For information regarding the Celebration please email firstname.lastname@example.org.