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Earl Byron Prior

April 16, 1925 - March 2, 2015

Earl Byron Prior, 89, of Riverton, died at 4:05 pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born April 16, 1925 in Rural Mt. Auburn, to William and Marie Rogers Prior. He married Shirley Becker on October 26, 1947 and she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, JoEllyn (Darrell) Turner of Riverton; one son, Donald Prior of Riverton; seven grandchildren, Amanda Prior-Alton, Leah (Jay) Perry, Andrea (Bryan) Stratton, Brad Alton, Lindsay Batts, Bryan Batts and Shane Turner; four great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, David and Charles Prior and one sister Wilma Clements.
Earl was a US Army veteran serving during WWII. He was awarded the Silver Star; Purple Heart and three Combat Battle Stars.
He worked as a mechanic for twenty-one years with Smith Farm Supplies and retired from Bell Systems after twenty three years of service as a mechanic/air conditioner technician.
Visitation: 3:00-6:00 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am, Monday, March 9, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Gifford officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Inter Veterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverton Fire Department Rescue Squad or to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


Service Information

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Address:

5063 Camp Butler Road, Springfield, IL, 62707

(217) 492-4070 Map


Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverton Fire Department Rescue Squad or to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight.


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