Robert Pennington Price Sr.
CHESTERTOWN - Robert Pennington Price Sr. passed away peacefully on April 16, 2017 at Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. He was 95 years old. Mr. Price was born in Massey on August 30, 1921. He was the son of the late Seth A. Price Sr. and Ola Everett Price. As a youngster, he worked beside his four brothers and two sisters milking cows and farming the land. He handpicked tomatoes for 5 cents a basket. Mr. Price graduated from Galena High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1939. He served on the USS Calhoun , which was a high-speed transport ship that served a dual role as both a high-speed transport and an anti-submarine warfare vessel. In this role, the ship began preparations for the invasion of the Solomon Islands. On the morning of Aug. 30 1942, which was Mr. Price's 21st birthday, the Calhoun was bombed by Japanese aircraft. Fifty-one men were killed and 18 wounded in her sinking, Mr. Price was one of the 18 wounded. Mr. Price was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1946 and was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Price worked his farm where he had lived in Queen Anne's County for more than 50 years. He also owned and operated Price's Gulf Service in Millington for 40 years until retiring. Back in the day, he enjoyed playing pitch, bowling, watching the Orioles, raising upland game birds, vegetable gardening, muskrat trapping, bull frogging and bird hunting. After selling his farm, he and his wife moved to Daytona Beach, Fla. for a few years and then moved back to the good old Eastern Shore of Maryland. He was currently residing with his daughter and her husband. He is predeceased by four brothers, James Price, Seth A. Price Jr., Roland Price and Toby Price; and one sister, Anna Lindsay. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie Ann Hutchison Price; one sister, Helen Price Palmatory and her husband Wolford (Toots) Palmatory of Seneca, S.C.; three children, Robert Pennington Price Jr. of Dover, Del., Parris Scott Price Sr. of Easton and Deborah Parris Price Fuchs and her husband Wm. (Buddy) Fuchs of Worton; four grandchildren, Chris Price, Trevor Fuchs Sr., Scott Price Jr. and Heidi Fuchs; and several great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Crumpton Cemetery with Pastor Vonnie Paxton officiating. Military honors will be offered by the U.S. Navy. Funeral arrangements were made by the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.
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