Posted By: Pat Frette (email)
Date: 4/1/2009 at 13:53:05
Gerald "Jerry" Prange, age 77, of 1122-5th Street, died at his home on March 23, 2009. Funeral services will be Friday, March 27, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall with Envoy Tim North officiating. Graveside services with full military honors conducted by the Iowa Army National Guard, will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter on Monday, March 30, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service.
Jerry was born in Clear Lake, South Dakota, on January 12, 1932, the son of Melvin and Mabel (Hanly) Prange. He graduated from West High School in Waterloo in 1950. Jerry served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded three bronze service stars. On February 6, 1954, he married Doris Lorraine Jones in Waterloo. Lorraine died in 2000. He married Faye (Schmidt) VanCannon in Boone on November 17, 2002. Jerry was a career serviceman with the Iowa Army National Guard and the United States Army. He and Lorraine moved to Boone in 1979 when he was transferred to the Boone Armory.
Jerry was discharged from the Iowa Army National Guard on April 1, 1982, and retired from the United States Army on January 12, 1992. He retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. While in the service, he worked as a fixed and rotary wing aircraft mechanic, aircraft inspector, aviation training technician, and a recruiter. Jerry was an active member of the Boone Salvation Army and a member and officer of the former Boone B.P.O.Elks #563. He enjoyed fishing and camping at Don Williams Lake, golfing, watching sports, following I.S.U. Basketball and football, attending military reunions, and dining out with Faye. He was especially proud of his family and following their activities.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Lorraine, a brother Jack, step brother, Jense Leinger, and a niece, Diana Eickelburg. He is survived by his wife, Faye of Boone; a daughter, Lori Lange of Mankato, Minnesota; a stepson, Tim VanCannon and wife Trista and two stepdaughters, Susan Pinta and husband Chad and Becky Dakin and husband Travis, all of Boone; a brother, Gene Prange and wife Helen of Annandale, Virginia, a stepsister, Marie Shipman of Rockwell City; four grandchildren: Jason Yungclas, Cassandra (Jimmie) Patten, Benjamin Yungclas, and Nicholas Argetsinger; four step grandchildren: Jonathan, Shelby, and Sean VanCannon and Jacob Pinta; and four great grandchildren: Mackenzie, Brooklynn and Brayden Patten and Tyson Kuil.
Friends may call at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall on Thursday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. where the family will be present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitation continues on Friday at the funeral chapel from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the 2:00 p.m. service.
Memorials may be directed to the family to be used at their discretion.
Online condolences and a guestbook are available at www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.
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