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12/22/2012 8:00:00 AM
John G. Pryor
Dec. 18, 1928 - Dec. 21, 2012
John Pryor
John Pryor

Lake Manitou resident, Mr. John G. Pryor, 84, passed away at 7:59 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at South Bend Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Peru, to Carl and Florence McElhenny Pryor. During this time, he grew especially close and became the favorite grandson to his grandpa and grandma Lamb, who helped raise him. In 1946 with great Tiger pride, John graduated from Peru High School, where he starred on the track team.

On April 16, 1948, high school sweethearts John and Rhea Dollens were married at the Christian Church of Peru by Reverend Jackson. Their union of nearly 65 years produced three wonderful children, Carol Ann, Pam and J.D. Over the years, two more generations were added to the family tree. 

A dedicated member of the Chrysler Corporation workforce, John retired after 32 years of service as a machine repair technician. During this time, he was a member of the UAW No. 685. His memberships included Eagles Lodge, life member of the Elks Lodge and the Manitou Moose Family Center. John and Tom White collaborated to create the popular Moose monthly "Buck Burger," event. Over the years, he donated many hours and skills in keeping the lodge in repair.

A proud patriarch of four generations, John cherished his loving wife and adored his children and grandchildren. In the early years, John and Rhea enjoyed the dance floors of the Colonial and Elk's as they danced to the Big Band music of Glenn Miller and Tuxedo Junction, to name a few.

Active with his children, he was always at the helm of the Rinker - pulling them around Lake Manitou as they skied as members of the ski club. In Kokomo, he helped build the Lafayette Park Little League diamonds, where he coached for a number of years.

An avid golfer, John and three other family members teamed up to capture amazing back-to-back wins during the 2007 and 2008 Moose/Hospice golf tournaments.

An outdoorsman, John enjoyed fishing on Lake Manitou and the challenges of landing the large mouth bass. A hunter, he bagged everything from squirrel to deer and pheasants. Rhea welcomed the game and prepared it for the family dinners. Upon John's return from the time outdoors, he usually had a tall tale to share. 

Of Irish heritage on his maternal side, John was naturally a huge Notre Dame fan. No doubt, he cheered for the Fighting Irish and was especially pleased with their undefeated season and apparent National Championship title just two weeks off. He also cheered for Muffet McGraw's Lady Irish, the men's team and the crimson and cream Indiana University basketball team, especially during the days of Robert Montgomery Knight.

John is lovingly remembered by his wife, Rhea; daughters, Carol Ann Amend and husband Greg, of Mason, Ohio, and Pam Jones and husband Charles, of Rochester; one son, John "J.D" Pryor and partner Doug Werner, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, John Clark and wife Sherri, Jim Clark and wife Megan, Jennifer Clark and fiance Eric Mayleben, Joey Clark and wife Rebecca, Lindsay Amend, Derrick Amend and fiance Carmen, Elizabeth Rentschler and husband Scott, Aaron Jones and wife Courtney, Korby Jones, and Andrea Howdeshell and husband Scot; 15 great grandchildren, Jamie, Josie, Jenna, Hayden, Cole, Mariah, Kailynn, Sara and Tommy Clark, Tierney and Tori Rentschler, Olivia Powell, Taylor Jones, and Emma and Mia Howdeshell; and one sister, Janet Kassebaum and husband John, of Carmel; and brother, Carl Pryor and wife Terri, of French Lick; his stepmother, Marguerite Pryor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Tom Clark.

A celebration of the life of Mr. John G. Pryor will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester, with Pastor Jim Clark officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from noon-2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the funeral home. 

Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the United Ministries or the charity of donor's choice. 

Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: Pete Smith

Pryor Family - it was great to know John while I grew up in Rochester and specifically grew up on the lake. My father enjoyed being a friend of John's too. My condolences go out to your family. He touched a lot of peoples' lives.

Pete Smith


Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Hornstein

Rhea and Family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. My prayers are with all of you! I have many fond memories.He was a always a friend and a burst of energy! I know you will all miss him greatly! May God give you peace and hope through His son Jesus Christ during this time and through your grieving process. May the Peace that passes all understanding through Jesus Christ be with you all! In Christ's Love, Mike and Wanda



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