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Richard Reese ‘Dick’ Price, 84, Volunteered With Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club

Richard Reese 'Dick' Price
Richard Reese ‘Dick’ Price

WILLIAMSBURG — Retired Air Force Colonel Richard Reese “Dick” Price, 84, of Patriots Colony, passed away suddenly of a heart attack Saturday, July 31, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Price; father, Reese Price; brother, Thomas Price; and beloved son, Kenneth Reese Price.

Col. Price is survived by his loving 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 sister, Barbara Foltz (Bill, deceased).

Col. Price was born Oct. 1, 1936, in Massillon, Ohio, to Viola and Reese Price. Upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy of West Point, he pursued his lifelong dream to fly by commissioning into the U.S. Air Force. He had many assignments flying 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 Sept. 7, 1963, in Rockville Centre, New York.

He later earned a Master’s of Science in Mathematics and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan and taught math and aviation at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Col. Price completed two tours of duty in Vietnam flying the A-37 Attack Aircraft in air-to-air combat, earning numerous medals and honors. Subsequent duties took Col. Price to senior positions in The Pentagon and the NATO command in Brussels, Belgium, and lastly, as a system commander at Andrews Air Force Base before retiring from his 24-year military career.

Col. Price moved his family to Williamsburg in 1982 and joined the Grumman Aerospace Corp., managing the support of military aviation programs with the Air Force, Army and NASA out of its Hampton office.

In Williamsburg, he was a dedicated member and a president of the Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club, volunteering countless hours for over 30 years. For Dick, boating was the next best thing to flying. Many happy years were spent on his boat. He was a 20-year member and vice-commander of Flotilla 64, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Gloucester, patrolling waters, inspecting vessels and teaching boating safety. He was also an active and faithful member of Williamsburg and Gloucester Presbyterian churches, working on various committees and handling the sound systems.

He and Jan enjoyed extensive traveling, gardening, boating, concerts and the fellowship of many friends. He was a kind and caring man, a good listener and always generous with his time. He will be missed tremendously by all.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow.

Condolences may be sent to 1406 Patriots Colony Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23188; and donations may be made to The American Heart Association.

Share online condolences with the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Service.

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