Joe Price, 82-year-old rancher, bachelor, and lifelong resident of northwestern Haakon County, died peacefully Friday, September 23, 2005, at the Philip, SD, Nursing Home with his sister, Lois (Price) Shearn, at his side.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 27, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Ron Garry officiating.
Music was provided by JoAnne Stilwell, organist, and Joe and Kathy Gittings, vocalists. Lector was Rita O’Connell. Altar server was Jennifer Stangle. Ushers were Mickey Daly and Richard Foley. Pallbearers were Jim Smith, David Stangle, Dud Wheeler, Larry Gabriel, Brian Hanson and Kelly Blair.
Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip handled the arrangements.
Joe Price was born on November 4, 1922, to Charlie and Ella (Foley) Price. His father was an open-range cowboy, horseman, and one of the original 1902 cowboys, and his mother was a longtime teacher and South Dakota pioneer.
When Joe was born, he was welcomed into the family by his sister, Lois, and brother, Charles. Joe attended the Ramey, Hanson and Marietta country schools. He usually rode bareback to school, and sometimes he and Lois drove a one horse cart. Joe sang in the Philip High School Glee Club and graduated in 1941. Joe used the Bar 91 brand that his father acquired from Frank Rood in 1907. Joe made his home in the same house his father Charlie built in 1914 that included his mother Ella's "original claim shack". While his sister and brother were away contributing to World War II, Joe stayed on and ran the ranch.
Joe was a longtime member of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and was on their Board of Directors. He co-founded the 11 Mile Corner Roping Club just north of Philip. Joe raised Hereford, Black Angus, and later Texas Longhorn cattle. He attended many Price family reunions, including trips to Boise, Idaho, Seattle, Washington, and Reno, Nevada. In 1992, Joe made a trip to Ireland to visit the family of Dennis Callan (who was one of the original 1902 cowboys). Joe had an avid interest in genealogy. He had many good friends, a great sense of humor, and enjoyed reading about Western history. He will be greatly missed by all his family who loved him, and whom will have many good memories of Joe, especially conversations shared around Joe's dining room table drinking his "strong cowboy coffee".
Joe is survived by his sister, Lois (Price) Shearn, of Mesa, AZ; his nephew, Price (and wife Sandy) Shearn of Lake Havasu City, AZ; and his niece, Susan Shearn of Chandler, AZ. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Carol (Wilsey) Price, his niece, Char Price and her husband, David Stangle, and three grand-nieces: Alyssa and Michaela Bryan, and Alaina Stangle, all of Philip, SD.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Ella; his brother, Charles; and his nephew, Clay.