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James Prichard, age 86, of Storm Lake passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21 at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
James McMurtry Prichard was born in St. Paul, MN, on February 7, 1926, the son of James Skewis Prichard and Mary Fern (McMurtry) Prichard. In 1933, he moved with his family to Storm Lake. He graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1943 and a month later, he entered the Naval V-12 officer training program. He was first sent to St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA and then to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Jim was commissioned as ensign in 1945 and served in the Pacific on a PCE (Patrol Craft Escort) ship which was converted to a weather ship. Following his release from the Navy in 1946 with the rank of Lt. J.G., he entered the U. of Iowa where he graduated in 1947. In 1950, he graduated from the U. of Iowa College of Law and subsequently practiced law in Davenport and Des Moines.
On August 23, 1953, Jim was married to Eloise Yon of Storm Lake. He returned to Storm Lake in 1957 with his family to practice law with Z.Z. White and Don C. White, an association that lasted until 1980 with the passing of Z.Z. White.
Jim was the first president of the Methodist Manor and served on its board for 20 years. He also served as president of the Storm Lake Industrial Development Corporation and chairman of the Buena Vista County Republican Party and the Buena Vista County Red Cross.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Fern Prichard, and his brother, John. He is survived by his wife, Eloise of Storm Lake, IA; his children: James Y. (Tammy) Prichard of Northfield, MN., Thomas W. (Lois) Prichard of Minneapolis, MN., and Jane E. Prichard of Brooklyn Center, MN.; and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Philip (Delaine) Prichard of Davenport, IA; sister-in-law, Carol Prichard and brother-in-law, Wyatt Yon, both of Storm Lake; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established in Jim's name.
Published in Des Moines Register on July 1, 2012