|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1966|
|Death: ||May 15, 2011|
George Leroy Price, 44, was pronounced dead at 1:53 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011, in Grafton.
He was born Sept. 4, 1966, in Wood River to Peggy Ontis of Bethalto and George W. Price of Cottage Hills.
George was a welder for Matrix and was as an avid duck hunter and fisherman. He loved to drive stock cars.
In addition to his mother and father, he is survived by his stepmother, Cheryl L. (Locke) Price; a son, Kevin Ryan Louque of Batchtown and his fiancee, Becky Seemer; three daughters, Nickesha Price and Tony Bass of Warrenton, Mo., Heather Price of Bethalto and Gena Price of Cottage Hills; four grandchildren, Hannah Loque, Nickeira and Kaleb Bass and Landyn Smith; three sisters, Penny Price and her friend, Mary Marin, of Cottage Hills, Kathleen Whitehead of Hartford, and Michelle and Paul Wallace of Cottage Hills; two brothers, Frank Price of Cottage Hills and Christopher Malcom of Lincoln, Neb., and Cody Booher who was like a brother; and many other nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Dorothy Ontis and paternal grandmother Ethel Price.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Paynic Home for Funerals, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, followed by burial at Fieldon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.
NUTWOOD May 13, 2011— Searchers have resumed the hunt for a man believed missing in the Illinois River. "We are out searching again this morning. With the flooding there, there is a bigger area to search, " said Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has jurisdiciton in the case.
Authorities called off their search Thursday in the area north of Grafton. The search began about 7 p.m. after the Rosedale Township Fire Protection District received a call
requesting a water rescue. The focus of the search apparently was on river miles 17 to 19, but the search was extended as far upstream as Hardin and as far downstream as Grafton. Today, the search was being centered around mile marker 12 on the Illinois River. Initial reports said a male and a female had gone in the water somewhere upstream from Grafton. The woman reportedly was rescued and brought to shore, but she said her male friend still was in the water. The woman apparently told rescuers that she and her male friend had been thrown from a boat and that she was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim. The QEM Fire Protection District was called to assist the Rosedale department, QEM Chief Gerald New said. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Missouri Water Patrol also were called out to assist in the search. About 9:30 p.m., rescuers called off the search for the night and said it would resume at dawn.
GRAFTON May 15, 2011- Searchers discovered the body Sunday of a man who went missing on the Illinois River last week. Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander was called to Grafton
Harbor after searchers discovered the body of the man who went missing last Thursday on the river near Nutwood.
Alexander said the man, who will not be officially identified pending an autopsy, was pronounced dead at 1:53 p.m. "An autopsy is scheduled for (Monday,) which will determine the exact cause and manner of death," Alexander said. The search began about 7 p.m. Thursday after the Rosedale Township Fire Protection District received a call requesting a water rescue. Reports said a man and woman went into the water upstream from Grafton. The woman
was rescued and brought to shore, but she said her male friend still was in the water. The woman apparently told rescuers that she and her male friend had been thrown from
a boat; she was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim. The woman was taken to Jersey Community Hospital in Jerseyville, where she was later released. Search crews have been on the river since the body was reported missing. The focus of the initial search was on river miles 17 to 19, but crews looked as far upstream as Hardin and downstream to Grafton. The U.S. Coast Guard, Missouri Water Patrol, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, Jersey County Sheriff's Department and QEM Fire Protection District were called to assist in the search. firstname.lastname@example.org
The body of George "Leroy" Price, 44, of rural Fieldon, underwent an autopsy Monday resulting in a prelimary finding of drowning. Searchers called Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander Sunday to Grafton Harbor after they discovered the body of a man who went missing last Thursday
on the Illinois River near Nutwood. Alexander pronounced Price dead at 1:53 p.m. Sunday, but did not know his
identity at the time. A woman also accompanied Price on the river. Rosedale Fire Chief Ray Ontis, who is Price's uncle, said the woman was Price's girlfriend. Rosedale Fire Protection District responed to the initial scene when the couple fell from the boat. "I got the call about two minutes before 7 p.m. (Thursday), that both fell in the water; her and him fell over the boat," Ontis said. "She was floating in the boat when we found her." The woman survived and apparently had no serious injuries. Neither boater in the 16-foot lowline johnboat wore a lifejacket, he said. Toxicology results for Price are pending, which could take up to four weeks, Alexander said Monday. "We don't know what happened yet," Ontis said. When Rosedale Fire District arrived on the scene Sunday, Ontis said the water was not rough while they were there. Twin Rivers Search and Rescue in Alton helped search for Price Saturday and also helped Rosedale Fire Protection District Sunday, Ontis said.
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Record added: May 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69948745
I want to thank everyone that helped in the search for Leroy and for all the prayers . And all at the fire house for all your help too. Now we can put him to rest . Thank you again HE WILL BE MISSED . R.I.P. LEROY|
Mary Marin Proffer
Added: May. 25, 2011
We are sorry for your loss , we send our condolences, Jack Cope and Family|
Jack Cope and Family
Added: May. 19, 2011
Leroy Price was laid to rest today. It was a very sad day. He had many people who cared for him which is why over 1000 people passed thru that funeral home. RIP Leroy!|
Dana ,Tara & Alane Plunkett
Added: May. 19, 2011
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