Willard 'Ted' Price
Ted was born in Wessington Springs, So. Dakota. He was the only son of Willard Price & Florence Walker Price. His family moved to the West in the early 1930s first to Longview, Wash., then to Hood River, Ore., where his father had a service station. In a few years, the family moved to the Southeast area of Portland. Ted attended Arleta grade school, Franklin High and in 1954, graduated from the University of Portland. He married Priscilla Dick Price in 1953 and continued to live in SE until 1970 when the family moved to Molalla.
After college graduation, he was immediately drafted into the Army. The next two years were spent at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. While in the Army, he was a Corporal missile assemblyman and was involved with many missile launches on the desert in White Sands, New Mexico.
After returning home, he went to work for Montgomery Wards Catalog as a floor manager. After 10 years, he decided to go out on his own and he and his wife bought a Wards Catalog Sales Agency in Camas, Wash. After a while, the commute and 2 small sons at home it became too much so he went back to the main store and remained there for 25 years before retirement. Wards filed bankruptcy and closed their doors forever. Now what do I do, that was the question. At 55, it was hard to find a permanent job only to be told you're overqualified and at your age, we can't hire you and pay you what you are worth. Ted took part-time jobs and Priscilla was working at Woodburn Nursery so they managed. He drove bus for a couple of Senior Centers, including Molalla and later drove bus for OHSU as a driver to take Vets to appointments as well as medical supplies to businesses.
In 1988, Ted had a very serious health problem, prostate cancer which almost took his life. He and his wife decided to retire and travel, go boating and enjoy life, so they did. They bought a camper and pickup and went and did so for the next 20 years. They traveled to every state this side of the Mississippi, went boating in lakes and rivers and the San Juan Islands. They loved the Oregon Coast and enjoyed RVing, 4-wheeling on the sand dunes with family and friends, camping and eating all the fish they could.
Most of all, the couple always looked forward to coming home to see family which was sons and grandchildren. Tim Price; his children Whitney, Ryan and 3 stepchildren Callen, Christian, Evan and wife Joanne. Son Terry Price, children Breck and Jensen, stepdaughter Anna and wife Tina.
The children attended Butte Creek grade school, Molalla High and Silverton High, Oregon State, OSU and Linn Benton College.
Ted loved his family and would have laid down his life for any one of them. He might not have said the words "I love you" but be sure he did, he loved his land here in Molalla as well. Especially the trees on the place, "don't cut my trees" he would say. He made me promise that I would have his ashes spread under a special old growth tree on the place and I will one day soon.
Ted lived 88+ years and had a very full life he would say "I'm ready to meet my maker". You may have even talked to him at Price Auto Body at times.