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About 400 People Pay Tribute To Pilot Who Died In Delta Crash With PM-Delta Crash

August 7, 1985

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) _ About 400 people, including more than 60 Delta Air Lines pilots, filled a Catholic Church to pay tribute to First Officer Rudolph Price, who died in the crash of Flight 191 near Dallas.

″He loved you all,″ Price’s widow, Dawn, told the congregation at the conclusion of Tuesday’s memorial Mass. ″He loved this church. He loved the people here.″

Burial for Price was scheduled today with a private Mass.

Price had joined the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church parish 13 years ago.

″This church, at a funmral, has not been so filled in over 10 years,″ said the pastor, the Rev. Ray Horan. ″It is a tribute to this man, Rudy Price.″

During the service, prayers also were offered for the other 132 victims of the plane crash and for the ″physical and spiritual strength″ of the survivors.

Mrs. Price told the congregation, ″I know he’s alive and he’s with us. Rudy, we’re going to see you again. You made it.″

Her remarks were followed by a standing ovation.

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