Roy Pruett

October 11, 1930 ‒ April 23, 2017

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Centerburg, Ohio

Roy F. Pruett, age 86, of Delaware and formerly of Centerburg died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Kobacker House in Columbus

He was born in Russell County, Virginia on October 11, 1930 the son of the late Archie and Maude (Griffith) Pruett

Roy was a graduate of Sparta High School and after working for a few years he enlisted in the US. Air Force.

On June 4, 1965, he married Mary Jane (Fry) at their home in Sparta.

Roy worked as a commercial plasterer since he was 16, retiring after 50 years in the business.  He worked jobs all over the country, most notably, the Nationwide Building in Columbus and gargoyles on a skyscraper in New York City.

He loved sports; his family said, “anything with a ball”.  He always kept up with his kids and grandkids sporting events.

Roy loved his dogs, most recently his Peaches, Mia, and Tanner.

He will be missed by his wife Mary Jane Pruett; their children James Ronald Johnson, Roy James Pruett, Melissa (Randy) Shipley, Kevin (Karen) Pruett, April (John) Kinser and Dawn (Kevin) Keys; grandchildren Nicole (Curt) Dewey, Brandy Allen, Jeremy (Kristy) Adkins, Chad (Amber) Adkins, Jimmy Johnson, Crystal Kinser, Marc (Mirandia) Pruett, Christopher Johnson, J.C. Kinser, Matthew (Marissa) Pruett, Corey Johnson, Justin Keys, Tara (Nick) Schoonyan, and Isaiah Shipley; and 16 great grandchildren

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Diana Pruett; granddaughter Kari Shipley; brother Cecil “Red” Pruett; and sisters Jessie Van Auker ,Vesta Snider, and Alice Toth.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Friends may call on the family from 6 PM until the time of the service.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Kobacker House, Ohio Health Hospice at

The Devore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mr. Pruett’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • I taught Roy and Mary Jane at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio a few times over the past couple of years. They were such a delight to work with. Roy always had a twinkle in his eye as he would look over at the love of his life Mary Jane who was usually apologizing for making a mistake. Roy however never gave it a moments thought. He was a kind and gentle soul always making sure his wife knew how much she was loved. I can see through his son Kevin at how he cares for his wife Karen what an exceptional husband he was! He lived an honorable life surrounded by those who he loved. What could ever be a better testament then that. Roy you were all things great and then some. I am honored and grateful to you and your family for enriching me with a few moments of your sweet nature. God has a perfect spot picked out for you while you continue the work as the Guardian Angel to this amazing family you helped create. I know they will never feel alone or lost with you at the steering wheel guiding them all to God’s home when it will be there time to join you again.
    Much love to all of the family who suffer the loss of your physical presence. I hope the pain can be eased through sharing memories , hugs, and emotional support throughout this difficult challenge.

  • Roy was a special kind person with a tender heart. We were honored to have him as a uncle. We will be praying for you Jane and the whole family at this time of his loss. You have our deepest condolences.

  • My condolences to Jane and all of the family
    We are having to say Goodbye to too many of our old friends and
    Jane we go back lots of years, don’t we?
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you

  • May God bless you all in this time of sadness. Roy was my father in law for many years .he was a kind and gentle man. Very loved by his family.

  • I am very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. My sincere condolences to Jane and all of the family.