Howard Elliott Prichard
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AGE: 90 • Marlton
On July 22, 2013, Howard Elliott Prichard, 90, received his long-awaited promotion to glory. One of 8 children, Howard was the 3rd son of Rufus Prichard and Mary Marion and married to Priscilla Ann Spencer for 60 years. (She preceded him in death in 2006.)
Surviving are 3 children: son, John H. Prichard (Marie) of Lancaster, PA; daughter, Priscilla M. Bier (Jack R., Jr.) of Medford, NJ; and daughter, Ruthann Carol Lightcap (Stephen J.) of Audubon, NJ. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren as well as a brother Paul (Joan) of Narvon, PA, and 2 sisters, Jean Wright (David) of Warminster, PA; and Elizabeth Rudolph of Pitman, NJ.
Three areas directed Howard's choices in life activities—God, family, and country with the primary focus of serving God, always a willing servant to help when and where he was asked. A life-long member of Haddon Heights Baptist Church (he was the second-oldest member at the time of his passing), he served on the Baptist High School Board, the Deacon Board, participated in shut-in visitation and the Detention Home Ministry, and was both a Sunday School and Bible Study teacher. He played the saxophone in the church orchestra as well as playing solos in services, often either singing or reading the words to the song.
When they moved to Whiting, NJ, in retirement, he continued playing in the Community Orchestra and at church, teaching a weekly Bible study, and serving at the Detention Home. After his move to Wiley Christian Retirement Home, Howard again taught a weekly Bible study and presented monthly 45-minute saxophone concerts.
Always a lover of board games, reading, and word puzzles, he also enjoyed visiting and interacting with his children, grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren. He loved working with wood, building a variety of tables and shelves around the house as well as finishing the upper level of their Audubon home as 2 additional bedrooms and a bath. His skills were also put to use in making cradles for 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.
Rather than waiting to be drafted when WWII was declared, he volunteered and ended up in the Army's 602 Field Artillery Battalion pack mule division where he trained in Colorado. On D-Day he was part of the amphibious invasion of Kiska, Aleutians, then was eventually transferred to the mountains near Naples and Rome. There he cared for the pack mules carrying howitzers. He also trained for the airborne invasion of southern France and the Maritime Alps, then was sent to Germany where he served as translator for his superiors using his 2-year course of German language study from high school (Class of '39, Audubon High School). For his 3 years of service, he received numerous medals, among them a Bronze Star and the Distinguished Service Medal.
Upon return home, he used his chemistry training from Camden County Vocational School and Temple University in his employment at Public Service in Camden, at DuPont Company, and eventually as lab foreman at Metec Company.
Friends are invited to join the family at Wiley Church, 99 Main Street, Marlton, NJ, on Monday, July 29, 2013. The Viewing will take place from 9:00-10:00am where the Funeral Service will begin 10:00 a.m. A private family interment will follow at the Brigadier Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baptist Regional School, 300 Station Ave., Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.
Bradley Funeral Home
601 Rt. 73 South Marlton, NJ 08053
Published in Courier-Post on July 25, 2013