Price Morris, decorated WWII vet, RCA parts maker

By on April 25, 2012

Price M. Morris, 88, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday. April 21, 2012 at Ephrata Manor.

He was born in Lancaster to the late John and Anna (Nixdorf) Morris and was the husband of Gloria J. (Gelzenlichter) Morris.

Price served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the CBI War Dog Detachment in China, Burma and India Asiatic Campaign of War, where he received the Good Conduct Medal, two Bronze Campaign Stars and China Medal. Price and his war dog named Pete were attached to the Merrill’s Marauders and then transferred to the Mars Task Force. They remained in India until after the war. Price and War Dog Pete were both honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. Price kept his beloved Pete until Pete’s death in 1952. Price attended the First United Methodist Church, Ephrata. He was a member of the China, Burma, India Veterans Association. Price was a member of the Great Valley Basha of Reading/Allentown, the Keystone Basha of Harrisburg, a life member of the NRA, the Pennsylvania Rifle and Pistol Association, the Columbia Fish and Game Association, VFW Post #8757, Mountville, and American Legion Post #34, Lancaster. He especially loved dogs, and was an honorary member of the Vietnam Dog Handler Association. During his working years, Price was a parts maker for RCA from 1952 until 1985 when he retired.

In addition to his wife, Price is survived by a son: Price M. III, husband of Kathleen (Ressel) Morris, of Lancaster; daughter: Lois Jean, wife of Gregory Walborn, of Ephrata; three grandchildren: Kyrie, wife of Brent Zimmerman, of Ephrata; and Anne and Daniel Morris, of Lancaster; a great-granddaughter: Alexi Grace Zimmerman; a brother: John, husband of Freda (Stief) Morris, of Lancaster; and two sisters: Parnus, wife of Richard Kirchner, of Columbia; and Dorothy Heckman of Painsville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two sisters: Marsheline Turner and Grace Belle Morris.

His funeral service will be held on April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. Ninth St., Akron, with Rev. Walter Carter and Dr. Zehao Zhou officiating. Interment will take place on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, with full military honors accorded. Prompt departure for the cemetery will take place at 9 a.m. from the Akron funeral home for those desiring to attend the interment services.

If desired, memorial contributions in Price’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 68 N. Church St., Ephrata, PA 17522 or The First State Greyhound Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 67, Blandon, PA 19510.

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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