HOLLAND, Mich.—Funeral arrangements have been finalized for a Holland Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last Sunday.
Twenty-seven-year-old Gunnery Sergeant Daniel J. Price from Holland died around 10:40 a.m. local time last Sunday while conducting combat operations in Badghis province.
On Sunday afternoon, it was announced that Price's visitation will be Wednesday and Thursday while his funeral will be Saturday, all in Holland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home at 315 E. 16th St. in Holland.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. next Saturday with the Rev. Phil Vos officiating in the worship center at the Central Wesleyan Church at 446 W. 40th St. in Holland.
Information on when Price's body will arrive back in Holland and the procession route will be finalized Monday afternoon.
Price had a passion for the Marines and is described as a strong Christian. He lived in California with his wife, but grew up in the Holland area where his parents still live.
"I just loved him and I was proud of him," said Karl Price, Daniel's father.
"The most important thing about Dan was he was a Christian and he belonged to the Lord. He's happy and has no pain and he is home, we take comfort in knowing that," said Karl Price.
Daniel is the oldest of three children. He was born in Zeeland and grew up on a farm in Holland. He was homeschooled and loved the outdoors as a child.
"He was a typical farm kid, he loved animals and did 4-H," said Ruth Price, Daniel Price's mother.
When he was 18, Daniel joined the Marines.
"He could have done anything, but he wanted to go into the Marine Corps. He was driven," said Karl Price, choking back tears.
Price, a 10-year veteran of the Marine Corps, joined MARSOC in January 2008 and came into the Corps in July 2003.
This was Price's 6th deployment. He spent three years in Afghanistan, three years in Iraq and was currently serving a tour in Afghanistan.
Price received a Bronze Star with combat V and a Purple Heart for an injury he suffered in 2011 mission in Afghanistan. He also earned three Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals.
"He was a good man who loved his family, loved his wife, and loved his God," said Ruth Price, Daniel's mother.
Price's remains were taken to Dover before they are returned to Holland.