Desmond Price, age 79, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at Omaha Methodist Hospital after a brief hospitalization. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crosby Colonial Chapel in Omaha, Nebraska with Chaplain Tony Salamone officiating. Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Memory Cemetery, near New Market, Iowa. Crosby Burket Swanson Funeral Home of Omaha is in charge of arrangements. Desmond Price was born to Herbert and Doris (Jenkins) Price in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated in Cardiff and served in the Royal Air Force of Great Britain. Des came to the United States in 1955 and joined his sister Jean in Omaha, Nebraska. Des worked at Mutual of Omaha from 1956 until his retirement in 1987. His final position there was as an events coordinator. Des took great pride in his work.
Des married Jane Laws of Omaha and this union was blessed with daughter Pamela in 1964. Des married Connie Ellison of Clarinda, Iowa, in 1974. Additional blessings for Des and Connie include grandson Andrew Roach of Omaha, Nebraska, granddaughter Sarah (Mike) Peschong, and great grandson Jace, Firth, Nebraska. Des dearly loved them all.
Des had a great interest in World War II history and memorabilia. He shared many amazing stories of his experience as a child during the war and was very proud of his heritage. Des was a hunting and gun enthusiast and was extremely knowledgeable about firearms and general world history. Des enjoyed his home and his yard. He had a great sense of humor and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Des is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean Hampe and brother-in-law Jim, sister Nita Markevics, and brother-in-law David Andrews, all of Cardiff Wales, father and mother-in-law Harold and Marcella Ellison, of Clarinda, Iowa, and niece Julie Fallon.
Survivors include wife Connie Price, daughter Pamela Price, grandchildren Andrew Roach and Sarah (Mike) Peschong, great grandson Jace Peschong. Sister Dilys Andrews and brother-in-law Jan Markevics of Cardiff, Wales, sister-in-laws Janice (Ed) Fallon, Omaha and Marcia (Phil) Franchett of Shawnee, Kansas, and brother-in-law Lyle (Jeannie) Ellison of Clarinda, Iowa. Nieces and nephews surviving are Deborah (Piers) Ockenden and family, Simon (Anne Marie) Andrews and family, Gary (Kathy) Mackevics and family, Janet Mackevics and Paul (Alison) Hampe, all of Great Britian, Edd Fallon and family, Craig, Colorado, Michaelle (Kinser) Lancaster and family, Woodbridge, Virginia, Danielle Kinser and son, San Diego, California, Richard Kinser and family, Overland Park, Kansas, Stephen Kinser, Overland Park, Kansas, Megan Kinser, Shawnee, Kansas, Heath Ellison, Des Moines, Iowa, Heidi Fuccio and family, Omaha, Nebraska, Stacy Ellison and family, Oakland, Iowa.Memorials may be directed to the
or a charity of choice.