Michael Protz Jr., 81, of Hallstead, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on June 2, 2014, with his beloved wife, Dorothy, of 55 years by his side. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael Sr. and Helen Protz; an infant daughter, Cindy Marie; and two sisters, Helen Irene Protz and Barbara Blyshak.
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Mike is survived by his children, Beth Ann and Richard Prewitt Jr., Amy Lynn and Stephen J. Gresh III and Michael III and Monica Protz; six grandchildren, Kimberly A. Prewitt, Brian R. Prewitt, Emily C. Protz, Stephen J. Gresh IV, Nicholas M. Protz and Michael A. Gresh; an uncle, Mitch; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Before his retirement, Mike was employed as a mechanical engineer with Link Simulator. He also owned and operated Hallstead Sporting Goods. Mike was also a PA Hunter Education instructor for 45 years. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mike was a life member of the NRA, PA Federation of Sportsmen's Club (PFSC), Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club, Canawacta Rod and Gun Club and the Hallstead Rod and Gun Club. He served as the state president of PFSC, chairman of NE Division PFSC, chairman of Susquehanna County PFSC, Ducks Unlimited Susquehanna County Chapter and NRA Susquehanna County Chapter and president of Susquehanna County Trap League.
Mike's hobbies included, gunsmithing, trap shooting, hunting, fishing, collecting Hudson Cars and model trains.
He was awarded the Defender of Freedom September 2013 from the NRA and in January 2013 the Outstanding Hunter Education Instructor Award from the PA Game Commission. Mike was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the PFSC in 1988.
An Office of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, 360 Clinton St., Binghamton, N.Y. Interment will be made in Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, Pa., Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Parastas (a prayer vigil) will be offered Friday at 8 p.m. by the Rev. Fr. Peter Tomas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Great Bend/Hallstead Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc., P.O. Box 793, Great Bend, PA 18821, or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 207 Locust St., Montrose, PA 18801.
Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Inc.
25 Susquehanna Avenue
Hallstead, PA 18822
Published in Scranton Times on June 4, 2014