Glenn William Price

Funeral services for Glenn William Price, 96, Lawrence, Kansas, will be held 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, January 22, 2021 at River City Church, the former Lawrence Free Methodist Church. The service will also be available online at Glenn passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Homestead Assisted Living of Topeka. Burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

Glenn was born on May 17, 1924 in Studley, KS, the son of William Everett and Lucinda “Lucye” Belle (Wilcox) Price. He found the love of his life, Esther Lillian (Salonimer) in 1952 and they were married on January 4, 1953. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on January 4, 2018. Esther preceded him in death on January 12, 2018.

Glenn graduated from Lincoln High School, in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1942. He received further education at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. His Bachelor of Arts degree was received in 1951 (Liberal Arts: Speech/Broadcasting) and his Master of Arts (Speech: Broadcasting) degree was completed in 1959.

During World War II, Glenn enlisted in the Navy on March 15, 1943 and received an honorable discharge on April 11, 1946. He was a Quartermaster Second Class and went overseas in the Pacific on two occasions, serving on amphibious vessels. His military service gave him the opportunity to go to college on the GI Bill following the war.

Glenn retired in 1989 as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas and served as the Assistant Chairman of the Department of Speech and Drama. His career began in 1952 when he was one of seven original employees at KANU radio station in Lawrence. His wife, Esther, was also one of the original 7. Glenn worked at the radio station 14 years before becoming a full-time member of the University of Kansas faculty.

Some of his volunteer activities included serving on the board of the Christian Counseling Center of Lawrence, participating in the Free Methodist Church as Sunday School teacher, missions committee member, and leading the Primetimers group. He and Esther also led small group Bible studies in their home for many years. After retirement, Glenn enjoyed driving cancer patients to their appointments. Glenn was beloved by all who knew him. He was known by his class, sense of humor, soft heart, and ability to lighten any situation.

Survivors include his two daughters, Mary Ann Johnson and her husband, Alan, of Topeka, Kansas and Marsha E. Bales and her husband, Irwin, of Vincennes, Indiana; two sons, Kenneth D. Price and his wife, Sharon, of Lenexa, Kansas and Jeffrey G. Price and his wife, Cheryl, of Chantilly, Virginia; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 3 sisters, Leona Boyer, of Santa Rosa, California, Dorothy Hart, of Garden Grove, California and Lois McGill, of Garden Grove, California. Glenn was also preceded in death by his parents and a son, Kevin W. Price.

The family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. pm Friday, January 22, 2021 at River City Church in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to International Child Care Ministries or Gideons International and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

17 Condolences

  1. Jerry and Linda Bobey on January 19, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    What a wonderful full life your Dad had, just what we all want. He also had the best daughter anyone could want.

  2. Vicki and Glenn Haverkamp on January 19, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    We had the privilege of meeting Glenn and spending time with him during our small group from our church. He was a joy to talk with. Obviously he lived a very full, long life. Thankful we will be able to remember him with smiles through his wonderful family, Mary Ann and Alan. Our sympathies to his entire family.

  3. Carl Burkhead on January 20, 2021 at 8:56 am

    I was just thinking of Glenn the other day. It was about his upbeat personality. God’s word says “A merry heart is like a good medicine.” That is a perfect description of Glenn. He brought joy and smiles which brought healing even when the situation was serious. He will be missed (as Esther is) but now they are together in heaven where Glenn’s joy came from. Carl Burkhead (and Joyce)

  4. Michael Johnson family, Kim, Max, Jaye, and Jake on January 20, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Lots of love to the Price family. May the many wonderful memories of the past ease the pain of Glenn’s passing.

  5. Dave Davis on January 20, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    What a wonderful couple Glenn and Esther were. I have known Glenn and Esther since they first moved to Lawrence in ’52. I have such warm memories of Glenn and Esther. Glenn and Esther were such good friends with my parents, Rod and Marian Davis. Glenn was always upbeat, smiling and sincerely interested in others. His children were blessed to have such loving, caring and intelligent parents.

  6. Diana Ice on January 20, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Reading the condolences above, I can agree wholeheartedly with how wonderful a couple Glenn and Esther were. I have such happy memories of them both. Glenn always had a smile and cheerful word to say. Glenn had a blessed life, and he loved his Lord. There must be rejoicing in heaven as Glenn and Esther are together again and in the presence of the Lord. I am so sorry that we are presently out of town and will not be able to attend the service in person. However, we will be present online.
    Dave and I send loving thoughts and sincere sympathy to the entire family.

  7. Bruce and Elois Harris on January 21, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to the Price family. Such good memories of his wonderful voice and always a great smile. We were blessed many times by Esther’s wonderful solo voice.

  8. Lois McGill on January 21, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    A wonderful man has gone to be with his wife, son, and parents, into the loving arms of the Lord. I have wonderful memories of my brother that will stay with me forever! Peace, prayers and blessings to the family.
    your sister, Lois

  9. Steve Balloch on January 21, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    What can one say about Glenn Price that has not already been so eloquently written. I married Glenn’s niece Bonnie Hart in 1963. It was not long after that I met Glenn and family when they came to California for a vacation.
    I liked Glenn right away. He was a very friendly and funny. He had a unique brand of humor. He enjoyed telling a funny story almost as much as being told one. And of course the stories were fit for the ears of women and children.
    Glenn could converse with you on any topic you would bring up, religion, politics, world events, etc. Even if your point of view differed from his, he never talked down to you or made you feel inferior.
    From what I could see, Glenn was a wonderful, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
    Glenn’s passing leaves a void in the Price family. But the family and friends are left with many, many wonderful memories.
    So, for our Uncle Glenn Price, this is radio station KANU signing off.
    From now on our Uncle Glenn will be broadcasting from his Heavenly Home.
    We Love You and Miss You.

  10. Bonnie Balloch on January 21, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    I have so many wonderful memories of my Uncle Glenn! He was one of a kind…a godly man who always had a smile on his face and a joke to share. I enjoyed spending time with him when he visited California or talking to him on the phone.
    To Mary Ann, Marsha, Ken, Jeff and the Price family, I send my love and pray that you find comfort in the memory of Glenn’s long and meaningful life.

  11. Linda Hart- Jorgenson on January 21, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Uncle Glenn touched so many hearts. I was blessed to be his niece. He was always happy when he was around. I can’t remember him without a smile that lit up the world. I loved his corney jokes. He was an eggstraordinary man. Anyone who knows his “egg” story, will get this! He was a kind, gentle, loving, child of God. He left us with so many cherished memories!!! May he walk hand in hand with his beautiful Esther once again in heaven!!!! Love you Uncle Glenn.

  12. Al Negen on January 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Al Negen (Negen Remodeling, Retired)
    About 5 years ago I had the privilege of remodeling the kitchen and deck for Glenn and Esther. It took about a month to complete both jobs – What a joy! I tried to stretch out the time, just to spend time with them, as they were such a fun, loving couple to work for. For you kids and grandkids, you were very fortunate to have them in your life. Thanks for sharing them with me during that period of time – and now the memories.

  13. Blaine Barrick on January 21, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the Price Family. Glen touched the lives of so many people who lived so far away. His blessings to my Aunt Lois, to Dorothy, and their mother Lucy were always shared with us. May you be comforted by the love and embrace of our Lord, and may his smile be in your hearts, forever.

    Blaine Barrick, and the Barrick family in Atwater, CA

  14. Steve and Susan Rice on January 23, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    When I think of Glenn, I remember him as a great conversationalist who entertained me and everyone in the room. He was youthful and fun and kind. He was a gentleman and a good role model – a life well lived.

    For his family and loved ones:
    ‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

  15. Joe Flannery on January 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    I will always remember Glenn for giving me a copy of his Navy Squadron picture, which included a picture of my Father. That picture is prominently placed as a remembrance of their service in our home.They also had the connection of both growing up in Nebraska during their formative years.
    Glenn was never without his warm smile and caring demeanor. He was the consummate gentleman who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
    Godspeed to him and to each member of his family.

  16. Marilyn Heath on January 26, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Marilyn Heath:

    I am so sorry for your great loss. I worked with Glenn in the Department of Speech and Drama at KU for 24 years and saw the amazing difference he made to students, faculty, and staff in the Department and across the University.

    Whether in the classroom or working on his many administrative responsibilities, without exception he showed his love, regard and respect for everyone — always leaving his warmth within them and a smile on their face. We all want to live our life like Glenn did.

    His love for his family was always there for all to see. I pray that you are comforted with all the love coming your way from me and everyone else.

  17. Bob Bosanac on February 22, 2021 at 11:40 am

    To Everyone in the Price Family, this is sent with my prayer that you be overwhelmed with the “peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension.” Philippians 4:7 I know there is the sadness and tears of losing Glenn in this life. Yet there is that joy in knowing that Glenn now looks into Jesus’ eyes and has received his “welcome home.” I enjoyed the evening chats we had as I took my evening walks along Lawrence Avenue and stopped to say “hi” whenever Glenn was in the yard. There were also the sharing in worship at church, and the fellowship moments enjoyed, especially after choir practices. No matter where or when we shared together, I’ll always remember his warm smile. Most of all, Glenn’s love and commitment to the Lord Jesus was contagious. I know Christ in him reached out to many family and friends throughout his life. May the fragrance of his life lived for Christ always remain with you. “The Lord bless you and keep you.”

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