SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Col. Dale E. Prieser, U.S. Army (retired), age 85, of San Antonio, Texas, died June 30, 2013.
He was the son of Robert F. and Mary M. Prieser (both deceased), of Wapakoneta, Ohio. His oldest son, Robert S. Prieser, was killed in action in the Republic of Vietnam on Sept. 8, 1968.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of San Antonio; a daughter, Victoria, and her husband, Phillip Pair, of San Antonio; and a son, Timothy, of Tampa, Fla. Col. Prieser has two grandchildren, Elaine Kyro, of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Lynley Pair, of Minneapolis, Minn., along with two great-grandchildren, Andrea and Nicholas Kyro. One sister also survives him, Miriam Phillips, of Wapakoneta. Two sisters, Loris Henry and Arlene Vergara de Prieser are deceased. There are numerous nieces and nephews.
Col. Prieser began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a Marine he served in many tactical and administrative assignments. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as an infantry master sergeant. He was commissioned by direct appointment as a second lieutenant, infantry, U.S. Army. Col. Prieser served in many command and staff positions. He retired from the Army as a colonel (06), Special Forces/Special Operations officer. He has a B.A. in international studies and is a graduate of many specialized military and civilian schools, including the Command and General Staff College, where he is a life member of the Alumni Association and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is the recipient of many decorations and awards, both American and foreign, including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Col. Prieser's military career spanned more than 30 years. He was a life member of most all other veterans' organizations, i.e. American Legion, VFW, MOPH, DAV, SFA, ASWAA, etc. Both Col. Prieser and his son, Robert, were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at Porter Loring Mortuary North. A rosary service will be held Monday, July 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Chapel, the Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Chapel, the Village of the Incarnate Word. Interment with full military honors will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alamo Chapter XV Special Forces Association, the contact being Armando Canales, (210) 680-5323.
People are invited to sign the guestbook at www.porterloring.com.
Arrangements are with Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas, 78232.
Published in Sidney Daily News on July 2, 2013