An Ottawa man has accepted a position as managing partner at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., one of the city’s longest-running businesses.

Eric Price, a third-generation funeral service worker, was hired by Lamb-Roberts 15 years ago as a part-time student employee, according to a press release from the business. With his recent promotion, Price now will lead the firm, succeeding managing partner David Cruise, who left Lamb-Roberts for medical reasons after four years.

A 1997 Baker University graduate and licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1999, Price said he is looking forward to the opportunity to help the business continue its long history, which dates back to 1892 in Ottawa.

“We are already one of the industry leaders in technological advances, that just naturally blends over to offering a higher level of service than the competition,” Price said.

Lamb-Roberts company officials are excited to have Price leading the firm because of his local ties to the community, the news release said.

Price and his wife, Danita, have lived in Ottawa since 1999 and are involved in many community services, according to Lamb-Roberts. The Prices have three daughters, Natalie, 3, Sadie, 6, and Paige, 8. Eric Price coaches softball and has coached recreational baseball in the past, as well as being a member of Ottawa Optimist Club and the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Board. The Prices are also members of Grace Community Church.

“It is easy to be involved in a community when you love to live there,” Price said. “In 1998, when Ronn Heise hired me, we just hoped somehow we could make it work so we could stay in this community. Here we are, 15 years later, raising our family in Ottawa. We feel truly blessed to be able to minister to this community through funeral service. We are truly humbled to serve the families who place their trust in Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in their time of need.”