WILLIAMSBURG – Retired Air Force Col. Richard Reese “Dick” Price, 84, of Patriots Colony, died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday, July 31, 2021.
He was predeceased by his mother, Viola Price; father, Reese Price; brother, Thomas Price; and his beloved son, Kenneth Reese Price.
Colonel Price is survived by his beloved wife, Janet; daughters, Heather Flaherty Coombs (David) and Allison O’Grady (Michael); grandchildren, Maeghan Christie, Erin O’Grady, Connor O’Grady, Amanda Coombs and Edward Coombs; great-granddaughter, Leighton Christie; brother, Joel Price (Carleen); and his sister, Barbara Foltz (Bill, deceased).
Colonel Price was born October 1, 1936 in Massillon, Ohio, to Viola and Reese Price. After graduating from the US Military Academy at West Point, he pursued his lifelong dream of flying by enlisting in the US Air Force. He had many missions in command of the F-100 jet fighter, including one in Japan where he met his wife, Janet Macnair, a DOD teacher at the air base. They were married on September 7, 1963 in Rockville Center, New York.
He then obtained a Master of Science in Mathematics and Aviation Engineering from the University of Michigan and taught mathematics and aviation at the US Air Force Academy.
Colonel Price completed two periods of service in Vietnam piloting the A-37 attack aircraft in aerial combat, winning numerous medals and accolades. Subsequent duties took Colonel Price to senior positions at the Pentagon and NATO Command in Brussels, Belgium, and finally, as System Commander at Andrews Air Base before retiring from his career. 24 year old soldier.
Colonel Price moved his family to Williamsburg in 1982 and joined the Grumman Aerospace Corp., managing support for military aviation programs with the Air Force, Army and NASA from his office in Hampton.
In Williamsburg, he was a dedicated member and President of the Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club, volunteering countless hours for over 30 years. For Dick, boating was the next best thing to do after flying. Many happy years have been spent on his boat. He was for 20 years a member and vice-commander of Flotilla 64, US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Gloucester, patrolling the waters, inspecting ships and teaching boating safety. He was also an active and loyal member of the Presbyterian churches of Williamsburg and Gloucester, working on various committees and dealing with public address systems.
He and Jan very much enjoyed traveling, gardening, boating, concerts, and the camaraderie of many friends. He was a kind and caring man, attentive and always generous with his time. He will be sadly missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at the Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg, followed by a reception.
Condolences can be sent to 1406 Patriots Colony Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188; and donations can be made to the American Heart Association.
Share your condolences online with the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Service.
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