Eugene Glenn Pryor
May 04, 1935 ‒ July 07, 2015
JOHNSVILLE: Gene’s favorite quote was given to him by an older Amish man—“God, your family, and your health are your wealth.” A hardworking family man, he is now at home with his Lord and Savior.
Eugene Glenn Pryor passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2015 at Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was born May 4, 1935 near Perrysville, Ohio. He lived in Perrysville, Mt. Vernon, Mansfield, Fredericktown, and near Johnsville, Ohio.
Gene’s father passed away when Gene was 11 and at this time he had a rather hard childhood. One winter he would wake in the mornings with snow on his bed and had to put on frozen socks to begin the day. A railroad was back of his home with a hilly path. Gene would watch for the train to being to climb the hill and slow its speed and jump the train and throw coal from it until the train started down the hill and then he would jump off and take the coal back to his home to keep his brother and mother warm. The train conductor spotted him and began to stop the train and leave a pile of coal so Gene wouldn’t get hurt the rest of the winter.
Because of his hard childhood, all Gene wanted was a wife, family, and home. He made all his dreams come true in his 80 years of life.
He married as a teenager to his teen wife, Lois (Reed) Pryor and built their home and everything in it. He dug the footer with a pick & shovel and laid the block, brick, and wood—never going in debt for anything—one week he had money for two boards or another week a dozen.
Gene worked at Flexible, Case Maul, Borg Warner, Galion Dresser, several small factories, and retired from Kokosing Construction Co. He was a welder.
Gene’s hobbies were fishing, hunting, camping, boating, working with the Boy Scouts and taking them camping, building things—including an 8×8 pole tree house (something he had always wanted) with roll out windows and a fireman-type pole for a quick exit. His most recent interests were Sudoku puzzles, playing with the cat (named Dog), watching Star Trek reruns on TV, and being home with his family.
He was a member of the Waterford Methodist Church in Waterford and a member of the Ohio Operator Engineer’s Union
“All because two people fell in love” and married 61 years ago (April 10, 1954), he leaves his wife Lois Pryor of near Johnsville; son Ricky Pryor of Johnsville; daughter and son-in-law Pamela (Pryor) & Gary Robert Hammond of Ashland; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren with twins on the way any day now. Also surviving are spouses to the grandchildren; a sister-in-law; an aunt; niece & nephew, two special women who called him Grandpa; friends; Amish neighbors; and Amish children who also called him Grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his father Glenn C. Pryor; his mother Leona M. (Smith) Pryor Taylor; his brother Ralph Pryor (who passed away last week); and a grandson Jason Pryor.
A funeral service honoring Gene’s life will be held 12 noon Saturday, July 11 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield, the Pastor Tadd Sponseller will officiate and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please give your gift to the family to be placed in college funds for the great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren in memory of Gene. (Please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes)
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