Robert O. "Bob" Pritchard Jr.(1928 - 2018)

Robert O. "Bob" Pritchard Jr. died peacefully at The Brook, his second home in Cheboygan on April 27, 2018. He is survived by his sons Ken (Kathey) Pritchard and Mark (Karen) Pritchard. Ken's family includes daughter Kristyn (Brian) Biondo and their children Sloan and Chloe, and son Kevin (Lindsey) Pritchard. Mark's family includes son
Alex (Hannah) Pritchard and daughter Mary Sheila Pritchard. He also is survived by his brother Neil (Betty) Pritchard, brother-in-law Richard Oliver, several nieces and nephews, and also by his dear friend Joyce Brown-Moore.
Bob was born on Dec. 23, 1928 in Detroit, the son of Robert O. Pritchard Sr. and Sheila Onalee Edwards. He graduated from Cooley High School and attended Michigan State College for a year before joining the US Army in 1946. He served in the occupation forces of Japan, where he met his future wife Jeanne Oliver, who was in Japan with her mother and father, a US State Department employee. They married in 1948 in Detroit, a marriage that lasted 68 years until she preceded him in death in 2016.
Bob continued college at Wayne State University and graduated in 1951. His two sons were born shortly after that.
Bob worked for the Reliance Insurance Company in Detroit. In 1959 he moved his family to Arlington Heights Illinois, where he worked as a training supervisor at Allstate Insurance.
While in Illinois he served as Chairman of Officers and Directors Training for the Chicago Area Jaycees. He also served as Chairman of the Records and Recognition Committee for two years in which the chapter was named the best chapter for its size in nation. He was also active as a Boy Scout leader and leadership training instructor.
In 1966 he returned to Michigan and was an independent insurance agent in Ypsilanti for 24 years. Bob was president of the Ypsilanti Rotary Club and served on numerous civic and governmental boards including the Highland Cemetery Association, Ypsilanti District Library, Washtenaw County Mental Health Board, Hospice of Washtenaw, and the Industrial Development Board of Ypsilanti.
In 1990 Bob and Jeanne retired and moved to Cheboygan into the home they had been building for the previous 10 years.
Bob was an extremely active citizen of the Cheboygan area and contributed time and financial support to many organizations in northern Michigan including the Cheboygan Area Rotary Club, Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace/Justice and the Environment, Cheboygan County Democratic Party and the Unitarian/Universalist Association of Petoskey. He volunteered for many other organizations including the Cheboygan Community Hospital, Lawrence Hall and the Salvation Army.
Bob was a prolific writer on many subjects especially the need for the need for integrity and ethics in civic life, and a frequent poet as well. His desire to improve the lives of others was the driving force of his life.
Cremation has taken place. A remembrance gathering in honor of Bob and Jeanne Pritchard will be held at the
Cheboygan Eagles Club 626 N Main St. on Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. where military honors
will be accorded at 3:30 p.m.
Arrangements in care of the Beck Funeral Home of Rogers City.
Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org
Please no flowers. Donations may be made to McLaren Hospice.
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Published in Cheboygan Daily Tribune on May 3, 2018