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Gerald Dean Pritchard

Gerald Dean Pritchard

1935-2005

Gerald Dean Pritchard died May 23, 2005, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 69.

Pritchard was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Craig, to Walter and Beulah (Dicus) Pritchard.

Pritchard was raised and attended school in Craig. He married Betty L. French on Sept. 5, 1954, in Meeker. Also in 1954, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in various places, including Japan; Las Vegas; Wichita, Kan.; and Victorville, Calif. Pritchard attained the rank of tech sergeant and retired in 1974 after 20 years of service. He was a jet engine mechanic with the Thunderbirds. After his retirement, he moved back to Craig and went to work with the U.S. Forest Service, where he spent 10 years. He was responsible for building the trails at Freeman Reservoir.

Pritchard enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, hunting and camping. He had a band for many years. While in the service, it was called the Country Sergeants, and after returning to Craig, his band was called “Gerry and The Hard Times Band.” He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

Pritchard is survived by his wife, Betty Pritchard of Craig; daughter, Connie Jessen of Craig; sons Dean Pritchard of Meeker, Gerry Pritchard of Craig, and Corey (Martha) Pritchard of Craig; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Jean Wilson of Mack; mother-in-law, Josephine French of Meeker; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pritchard was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held May 26, 2005, at Grant Mortuary Chapel, with David Carrick officiating. Selections were “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “Sing Me Back Home” by Teresa Gilbert and Rick Tingle.

Honorary pallbearers were “All Gerry’s Family and His Many Friends.”

Interment of cremains was at Craig Cemetery.

Military Honors by Officers of VFW Post #4265.