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John William Prior

June 20, 2017

John William Prior, 94, formerly of St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at McCrite Health Center in Topeka.

He was born on the family farm one mile west of St. Marys to Andrew T. and Helen Fitzgerald Prior on May 5, 1923.

John graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1941.  He attended welding school in Wichita and worked in the shipyard in Seattle for a year.  John enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in the 96th Seabees as an electric welder.  He served in the Azores, Philippines and China.  John was discharged in April 1946.  He returned to the family farm and worked there until 1973 when he started working at Rezac Livestock Commission where he worked for over 34 years.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys, Knights of Columbus Council #657 and a 4th degree member of Thomas A. McNeive Assembly.  John was a member of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion in Rossville and a member of the VFW.

John was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Tom and Roderick Prior; two sisters, Geraldine Adams and Shelia Seibert.

He was united in marriage to Edna Kincaid on November 7, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Dennis (Janice) Prior, Rossville, Karen Stockman (Marc Rupp), Arvada, CO., Diane (Severin) DeBacker, Topeka and Patricia Rentfro, Topeka; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank McCrite Health Center and Great Lakes Hospice for the care given to John and his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Interment with Military Honors will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mr. Prior will lie in state and the family will receive friend from 5:00 P.M. until 6:30 with a rosary recited at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the funeral home.  Because of John’s great love of the Seabees memorial contributions may be made to Seabee Museum and Memorial Park and sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com

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23 thoughts on “John William Prior

  1. To the entire Prior family — I just learned of John’s passing. My heartfelt sympathies to each of you. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers.

  2. Edna and families,
    May God hold you and protect you during this sad journey and new chapter in your life. What a blessing John has been to so many. xxoo

  3. John was one of the best men I ever knew. I saw firsthand what a great husband he was to Edna and the great father he was to my best friend, Dennis, and daughters Karen, Diane and Pat. His quiet, stoic demeanor belied a wonderful wry sense of humor that will be sorely missed. John was a hard-working, loyal provider for his family who commanded the utmost respect. He was just a class act. It was my great privilege to have known him. Please know the Prior family from Edna to the great grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All.

  4. JW
    A great man for sure
    He will be missed

    Edna, Dennis, Karen, Diane, and Pat – so sorry for your loss

    Prayers your way

  5. My deepest sympathy to Edna and all the family! John was a long time Friend. of course I plan to come to the funeral Mass.

  6. Pat, I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. What a great man he was. My heart goes out to you and your family. And my prayers are with you Pat, your mom Edna, Dennis, Diane and Karen as you celebrate his life on Monday.

  7. Dennis, Janice and the rest of the Prior family, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Please know the memories will always be there. Laura (Broyles) Anderson

  8. Mrs. Prior, Dennis, Karen, Diane and Pat:

    My you find comfort in all the great memories you have shared.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. Dear Edna & all of Johns family, So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father & grandpa. John was such a nice man & friend to all. Thinking of all of you, with sympathy, prayers & hugs to you all. Love, Ruth

  10. Edna and kids,
    A lot of words come to mind when I think of Uncle John… Loyal, Hard working …but ornery is definitely at the top of my list… when I was a child I was scared to death of John and his whisker rubs … the minute I walked in the room he would start rubbing his chin…. if I’d paid more attention….I would have also seen his lips twitch and realized he was enjoying the hell out of his game….He loved to tease and that memory will always make me smile. He will be missed!!!!

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Great memories will get you thru. John was a wonderful man to know.

  12. We are your to hear of your fathers passing. Hugs and a prayer for all of you.

    Mick and Barb Leeper

  13. To the Prior family we would like to offer our condolences to you all. We are friends of Karen.

    Amy and Nancy

  14. John will be missed by so many, but especially his family. We enjoyed living next door to your family. Little David loved to come over to your house. Many happy memories. Love to all of you.

  15. John will be missed by so many, but especially his family. We enjoyed living next door to your family. Little David loved to come over to your house. Many happy memories. Love to all of you.

  16. So sorry to hear of this great loss. To Edna, Dennis, Karen, Diane and Patricia I offer my deepest condolences
    Connie Pettay Pageler

  17. We are so very sorry to learn of John’s passing. May He Rest In Peace & God Speed……
    ~The Stum’s ~

  18. I was saddened to learn of my Uncle’s passing, the last of a generation of Prior’s. He was a good man and and inspiration to me to join the Navy. My prayers are with my cousins – Dennis, Karen, Pat, and Diane and my dear Aunt Edna.
    Andy Adams

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