Robert Lynn Pribbenow Sr. (1924 - 2012)

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Mr. Robert Lynn Pribbenow, Sr., 88, of Panama City, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Pribbenow was born in Clearlake, Iowa on July 11, 1924 to Albert and Elizabeth Pribbenow. He graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Iowa where Mr. Pribbenow was proud to be an Eagle Scout. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama and his Masters from the University of West Florida. Mr. Pribbenow was a United States Merchant Marine and served in World War II. He was assigned to the English Navy where he served and was active in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. Mr. Pribbenow married in 1950 and spent six years teaching at J.B. Pennington High School in Blount County, Alabama, before he and his wife moved to Panama City. For 30 years, he loved his work with the Bay County school system as a teacher, Neighborhood Youth Corp. Director, personnel director, and he helped start the Shaw adult / alternative education program.

Mr. Pribbenow especially loved teaching and was loved and respected by his students. He was involved in the Kiwanis Club of Panama City, the Bay Bulls investment club, director of the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program of Bay County, director of Alabama United Methodist Children's Home, treasurer of St. Andrew Methodist Men's Club, lifetime member of Seafares International, and member of the retired administrators of the Bay County school system. He was very active in St. Andrew United Methodist Church by serving on various committees, teaching a young adult Sunday school class and was a member of the Golden Circle Sunday school class. He was an avid supporter of the Gulf Coast State College Women's Basketball program. He loved traveling and was fortunate to have visited 68 countries and 49 states.

Mr. Pribbenow was preceded in death by his parents Albert Gustav Pribbenow and Elizabeth Berthold Pribbenow; sister, Mildred Pribbenow Olson; and brother, Gilbert Albert Pribbenow.

He is survived by his wife Emogene Lunceford Pribbenow; son, Robert Lynn Pribbenow, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth Boyd Pribbenow; daughter, Sigrid Pribbenow Gayle and her husband David Dunn Gayle; and grandson Robert Kyle Pribbenow.

The funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with Dr. R. Dan Nixon and Dr. John Friedman officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Southerland Family Funeral Home, Monday, July 23, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Asked to serve as active pallbearers are David Carter, Judge Tom Ellinor, Dr. John Flowers, Norman Griffin, Ed Price, Jim Roughton, Bill Sheffield, Judge Larry Smith, David Swigler, John Taylor, and John Wengel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church Endowment Fund at 2011 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401 or United Methodist Children's Home Ministry Headquarters at 3140 Zelda Court, Montgomery, AL 36106-2607 or Gulf Coast State College (Memo line "GCSC Women's Basketball") at Gulf Coast State College Attn: Loel Davenport, Development Office, 5230 West U.S. Hwy. 98, Panama City, FL 32401, in Robert's name. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at

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Published in Panama City News Herald on July 21, 2012
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