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John A. Price, II

September 24, 1959 ~ March 22, 2024 (age 64) 64 Years Old

John Price, II Obituary

John A. Price II, 64, of Terre Haute passed away peacefully at 7:22 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2024 in Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

John was born in Danville, Illinois to John Arley Price, Sr. and Patricia Jayne Sullivan Price.  John attended Chauncey Rose Jr. High School and was a graduate of North Vigo High School, Class of 1977.  In March of 1980 John joined the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force Security Police.  He received a nomination for Airman of the Month for actions resulting in saving a $153 million aircraft and 7 lives from a witnessed and reported taxiway accident.  John received a Letter of Recommendation and transferred to Incirlik, Turkey.  He was called in a Muslem Land surrounded by traces and ruins of Bible lands to serve the Lord.  “The death, starvation and poverty I observed built within me a sincere need to be used of God in this world; John responded, “here am I, send me”.  John studied at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training and received commissioning and ordination as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a member of the Proclaimers of the Gospel session in June 1986.  John earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2009.  John, “the research king” continued studies in the area of Social Work, Psychology, Counseling & Substance Abuse and Disaster Service Work. 

John met the love of his life, Jo-ann Barbara Ritro Price whom he married on January 3, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois.   John and Jo-ann couldn’t wait to start a family of their own and their children Becky and Stephanie meant the world to him.  Though John enjoyed playing music, researching, coloring, his favorite roll was as a Grandparent.  John treasured his time with Izabella “Izzy” and Jerimiah “JerBear”. 

Papa never failed to encourage, love, play, cook, laugh, teach, help and have fun with the grandkids.  It brought John special joy to share his middle name “Arley” with his grandson.

John had a soft spot for his furry friends, treating each MaltiPoo like the valuable family member they were.  Zoey and Olaf were always on his lap.  Green Conure Cinnamon called out “Hi John, Hi John” all throughout the day.  She also loved to sing when John practiced the piano, brass instruments, and any number of musical instruments John mastered.

John gave 28 years of Salvation Army service as a minister.  John served as the assistant minister in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  In Hancock, Michigan (serving rural Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonogan Counties); Racine, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri (Ray County Coordinator overseeing service to area needy in rural Ray County); and Crystal Lake (Illinois Service Extension offices of The Salvation Army throughout McHenry County, Illinois) he served as pastor and executive director.  John was Area Coordinator in Northern Minnesota and the Iron Range as well as pastor in Duluth, Minnesota.  John had great passion for mentorship of younger Salvation Army Officers, public relations and Advisory Board development, media relations in print, broadcast, radio and internet.  John was gifted in increasing funds through local involvement and participation of functions within the community.   John served in Minneapolis, Minnesota Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and Waukegan, Illinois ARC as Administrator.  He had a heart for ministry to men in addiction and loved being a part of the transformation the Lord made in the lives of many men.  John served at the Chicago Harbor Light as Chief Operation Officer and at Tom Seay Corps & Service Center in Uptown neighborhood Chicago, Illinois in ministry to the homeless.  John’s last active appointment before early retirement was at The Salvation Army Central Historical Museum as Assistant Director. 

John served in Disaster Service Work in every community he was stationed.  He was deployed to and served at numerous floods and fires in Upper Michigan; forest fires in Wisconsin Dells area; flooding and tornado events in Kansas and Western Missouri, Hayesville and Wichita, Kansas; numerous floods in North Dakota and Minnesota; Ground Zero, Manhattan, New York; Disasters in Metropolitan Chicago Area; Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as Morgue Chaplain in Carville, Louisiana.  John served at The Salvation Army National Headquarters in response to the Haiti Earthquake of March 2010.  He arranged for temporary shelters, food and supplies to be sent to the country.  In his community of Crystal Lake he organized an event which assembled food packages in the Million Meals for Haiti event. John served from the mobile canteen unit annually at the Vigo County Fair feeding Vigo County’s first responders, police, sheriff, and other hungry fair workers.  He also served meals to homeless after the Lighthouse Mission fire ravaged its shelter in Terre Haute.   John was well trained through his Disaster Training in National Disaster Training Program, many courses in The Salvation Army, Critical Incident Stress Management, FEMA Emergency Management Institute.  John had an office in a box and an office in a briefcase on standby for response to deploy any day or hour.  He had a heart to serve through Emergency Disaster Services (EDS).

At the age of ten years John picked up a trombone.  His first solo was in a church near his home on 13th Street.  John played his horn in middle school, Terre Haute North Marching Band, Henderson’s American Legion Cadet Marching Band, The Price Tags Family Band, at the Jerry Lewis Telethon with the family band, The Salvation Army Indiana Divisional Band,  College For Officer Training Band, standing by Red Kettles during Christmas campaigns all over the Midwest, in every church he served in, Salvation Army Music  Summer Camps teaching children to play brass, in the Crystal Lake Illinois Community Band, and in the Euphonium group The Petal Tones of Crystal Lake, Illinois.  John played brass, piano, drums, and was a vocalist. 

In November 2011 John was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Dementia.  He retired from active Salvation Army service in January 2015 at which time he moved with his wife Jo-ann back home to Terre Haute, Indiana.  Several wonderful years were spent with his dad John Arley Price Sr. before his passing.  John enjoyed more time with his six siblings four of whom lived in Indiana.  John spent time researching Alzheimer’s Dementia.  He was an avid reader and writer and he shared openly his long journey through the debilitating stages of this awful disease.

In retirement John worshipped at The Blackhawk Community Church.  He thoroughly enjoyed singing and dancing in praise to the Lord when the praise band led worship.

John will always be remembered for his sense of humor, joy, music and jokes.  Everyone who knew John knew how much he loved the Lord, his wife and daughters, his sons-in-law, his grandchildren, his doggies and his bird.  John was the oldest of seven siblings and their spouses and families were very important to him.  He enjoyed friendship with his sisters-in-law who now live in Terre Haute.  John was an extrovert type A +++ and enjoyed life to the fullest.  He was funny, silly, and happy.  John always told jokes.  The best jokes were in his long-term memory and the family helped provide new material with many Dad joke books and calendars.  John was the Genealogist for his very large family that has much history in the Wabash Valley and surrounding Illinois counties. John wrote many original works of music with lyric and tune.  John enjoyed the art of coloring and had many, many books and markers to work with.  In the past year as he had to rehabilitate, he enjoyed staff and friends of Harrison’s Crossings Health Campus and the Cobblestone Crossings Health Campus Adult Day Care program.

John was preceded in death by his mom, Patricia Jayne Sullivan Price; his father John Arley Price Sr.; his sister Dixie Lynn Whalen-Westlund; and is survived by his children Rebekah Lozada (Rey) of Terre Haute; Stephanie Price (Alandon) of Terre Haute; two grandchildren Izabella Lozada and Jerimiah Lozada; two brothers and three sisters, Penny Chrisman of Frankfort, Indiana; Melody Lunsford (Mike) of Brazil, Indiana; Vincent Price (Sandra) of Round Rock, Texas; Donald Price (Angie) of Terre Haute; and Julie Bunch (Eddie) of St. Petersburg, Florida; an aunt Betty Kennedy of Terre Haute and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:30 a.m. at The Blackhawk Community Church, 12655 State Hwy 159, Pimento, Indiana 47866 with Pastor Joe Craft officiating.  Visitation begins at 10:00 a.m.  Military rites will be at Noon in the church parking lot.  A luncheon will follow.  Graveside will be private.

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Celebration of Life
April 6, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Blackhawk Community Church (Indiana)

Military Honors
April 6, 2024

12:00 PM
Blackhawk Community Church (Indiana)


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