L. Eldon Pry
Lewis Eldon Pry, age 92, of Crestline, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at The Good Shepherd in Ashland.
Eldon was born May 19, 1923 in Crawford County, Ohio to the late Daniel and Elrita (Wachs) Pry and lived his entire life within a quarter mile of his birthplace. He was a 1941 graduate of Tiro High School. Eldon was a WWII veteran of the United States Army Infantry serving as a Sergeant in both France and Germany and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. He enjoyed attending his Army reunions with Company K of the 324th Regiment of the 44th Division. He was a lifelong farmer but had also worked at Ohio Steel Tube, Cooper Enterprises, AMF, and retired from W.A. Vanasdale, Inc.
Eldon served on the Tiro School Board of Education during the consolidation of Tiro, New Washington, and Chatfield schools to form the current Buckeye Central School District. He was a lifelong active member of Tiro United Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee for many years and sang in the church choir. A talented singer, Eldon also sang at many weddings.
Eldon was a faithful husband, a model father, and a source of strength for his family. Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Carol (Schafstall) Pry, whom he wed on April 13, 1946; 4 children: Dan (Nancy) Pry of Howard, Ohio, Randy (Jan) Pry of Shelby, Doug (Maria) Pry of Crestline, and Kathy (Howard) Bair of Shelby; a daughter in law: Sue (Gary) Hill of Ganges; 9 grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 24 step great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, 2 step great great grandchildren; and a sister in law: Justine Caskey of Shelby. In addition to his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by: a son, Stephen P. Pry in 1995, a brother: Warren Pry; and 2 sisters: Florence Hannafus and Letha Brundage.
Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, what would have been Carol and Eldon’s 70th wedding anniversary, at 11 AM at the Tiro United Methoidst Church, 202 Sherman Street, Tiro, Ohio 44887, with Pastor Garland Harvey, Jr. and Pastor Gary Hill officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail and burial will follow in Biddle Cemetery on Remlinger Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Tiro United Methodist Church or Southern Care Hospice.
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