1920 - 2017
Hurley Valentine Price, beloved husband of Margaret Price (nee McMillan), passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the age of 97, just two months shy of their 75th wedding anniversary.
Hurley was born to Charles and Marcella Price at home on the south side of Taber. He is survived by his wife Margaret, one daughter Rosanne Horrocks; two grandsons Lee (Jody) Reid and their children Torey, Carsen and Madi; Blair Horrocks and his children Brett and Alyssa; three nieces Mary (Jim) Stewart, Ann Fulton and Susan Coombes (Richard Bacho); two nephews Tim Coombes and Tom Coombes.
He was predeceased by his parents Marcella and Charles Price; sisters Devota (Buddy) (Joe) Godfrey and Rose (Larry) Coombes; nephew Jerry Godfrey and his son-in-law Reid Horrocks.
Hurley was a very religious man but kept his faith private. At a young age, Hurley would attend all the square dances with his parents, calling all the reels and square dances while sitting on top of the piano. At fifteen his dad was disabled so Hurley would mine coal out of the mines using a wash tub, loading it in a wagon, taking it home for his family, then sold or traded the rest for food or goods. He met Margaret when he was six, but at age sixteen he went to a dance in Grassy Lake where he met the love of his life for the second time. After that meeting, he rode his horse from Taber to the McMillan farm south Purple Springs to court Margaret. In 1942 they exchanged vows in the newly built Catholic Church under the direction of Father Lyons. There first job together was for Albert and Dolly Bullock, where he learned to drive truck and haul anything. Hurley often talked about those times with the Bullock family. That was where he learned to drive so well as Mr. Bullock would cuff him in the back of the head if he ground gears. He took over the McMillan farm and farmed it for eight years. Hurley was drafted into the American Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington in the Medical Corps 995 2nd TSU SGO for fourteen months, where he was ambulance and truck driver. He received his overseas orders three times, but each time was reordered state side. Hurley was honorably discharged August 31, 1946. Upon arriving home, he continued trucking making sixty one trips from Lethbridge to Detroit picking up cars and delivering them to cities around the United States and Canada. We often accompanied him on these trips that took about ten days. He purchased his own gravel truck, worked for the M.D, then bought a semi and hauled logs. Hurley hauled for Chinook Carriers on the beet haul, in the off season he would haul sugar north and honey back. Balmoral holdings hauled for many companies ... whiskey for Mercury Truck Lines, Bitterroot Transport, Kleysen Transport and H&R Transport. On the weekends when he was home we were camping, going to rodeos, hunting and attending grandchildrens hockey and baseball games. The Minister of Lands and Forest came each year to hunt with us and gave him a knife that was inscribed “Mr. Antelope”. In 1967 he bought acreage north of town and later purchased the Kaytor farm at Sherburne lake which he sold to his son-in-law Reid Horrocks. He and Margaret retired and spent time travelling up north to see his sister and to the United States on many other trips. In 2014 they moved to Clearview Lodge, where he enjoyed the staff and his card playing friends. In July his health took him to the Continuing Care unit where he spent his final days.
Hurley will be laid to rest in the columbarium at the Taber Memorial Garden, beside his son-in-law Reid.
We would like to thank the staff at Clearview Lodge, the Taber Hospital Active Care and Continuing Care as well as Dr. Rasmussen for all the great care and concern Hurley received.