Francis W. Price, Sr., MD passed away peacefully on December 29th, 2017 at the age of 92. He will be remembered for his commanding personality, his ability to make personal connections, his commitment to the local community, and for his love of the outdoors.
Born in 1925, Frank was the son of Rudolph and Henrietta Price from the city's south side. Frank attended the Sacred Heart Church Grade School and Cathedral High School. He was drafted into the US Army and served at an Army hospital during the Second World War. Frank attended Butler University and then the Indiana University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree.
In 1949, Frank married Marian Wilkin of Westerville, Ohio. Theywere married for 59 years and had four children: Francis W. Price, Jr., M.D. (Marianne), Carol N. Moore (Doug), Susan P. Simon and Andrew R. Price (Julie). Frank was a Family Physician in private practice on the south side until being commissioned into the US Air Force during the Korean War where he served as a Medical Officer with the Strategic Air Command.
After his tour of duty, Frank returned to private practice until joining Eli Lilly and Company in 1967. He served as Director of Employee Health Services (Industrial Medicine) until his retirement in 1990. Frank was one of the founders of Medical Environs, later known as University Heights Hospital, and then Community Hospital South. From 1972 to 1976, Frank served on the Merit Board of the Indianapolis Police Department. After retiring, Frank and Marian moved to Venice, FL where he was an active member in the Venice Golf and Country Club, and the Venice Yacht Club. Frank remained a strong supporter of the Indiana University Medical School and sponsored several scholarships.
After Marian's death, Frank married Helen M White of Brownsburg in 2012. The two remained in Venice, FL until his return to Indianathis past August. Frank is survived by his wife Helen, his sister LaVerne Sergi, his four children, his 9 grandchildren and his 7 great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial at St Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Dr E, Indianapolis, IN 46260, at 11:30am on Friday, January 12, 2018. A gathering of friends and family starts at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Loveland Center, 157 South Havana Road, Venice, FL 34292,in his name. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary.
My family and I wish to send our deep condolences to you all. We remember having some very fun times at the cabin in Brown County so much so that my imaginary friend as a child was named "Brown County". Your parents were such a presence in our lives. We will always treasure our times with them. Hopefully Jim and Rita and Frank and Marian are spending some time together at the "Adam's Rib" in the sky! Katie Neagle Allspaw
The Daly family wishes to offer it's condolences to Frank Jr. Susan ,Carol, Andrew at the passing of a giant in medicine and a mentor to Bob, Bitsy, Jack, and Lee Ann. We remember your Dad as a compassionate neighbor who always had time for us as children and young adults. Your loss is immeasurable. We will not see one of his stature soon. Bob
We remember when Joe had his eye surgery done by Fritz we invited Frank Sr. To dinner at Sullivan's Steak House. We had been there a couple of times during Joe's recuperation from his surgery. When Frank Sr. Was shown to our table it was in a prime location. His comment was I was on the Police Board and never had a table like this. A play on words it was " Priceless"
Mary and Joe Young
Sorry for your loss, Frank, Marianne, and family.
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