The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

September 9, 2013

Ronald Prill

FAIRFIELD — Ronald Louis Prill, 81, of Fairfield, died peacefully in his sleep Sept. 9, 2013, at Jefferson County Health Center.

Ron Prill was born April 15, 1932, in Fairfield, the son of Orville and Elvira Rudi Prill. After her death, Ron’s father married Mary Barnes Gunerson. Ron Prill married Betty Lou Bipes on Dec. 18, 1955, in Ottumwa. She died Oct. 12, 2001.

Mr. Prill graduated from Fairfield High School in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Parsons College in 1954 and a Master of Arts degree in music education from State University of Iowa in 1962.

In 1948, Mr. Prill joined the Iowa Army National Guard, 34th Army Band, as enlisted trombonist. He was named the director and company commander of the 34th Army Band in 1972, a post he held for 20 years. He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 1992 after 44 years of service. He received many awards, including the Legion of Merit.

As a member and later commander of the 34th Army Band, Mr. Prill played a large role in performing summer band concerts in Central Park. When the 34th Army Band could no longer play concerts in the park, Mr. Prill organized the Fairfield Municipal Band in 1987 so summer concerts could continue. Mr. Prill directed the municipal band for a few years; however, even after he stepped down as director, he continued to play with the band until June of this year. In all, Mr. Prill brought music to the community for more than 50 summers.

On July 30, 2013, Fairfield City Mayor Ed Malloy dedicated the bandstand in Central Park to Mr. Prill for his years of dedication to the city of Fairfield. After receiving this award, Mr. Prill directed the municipal band in a march for the last time.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree, Mr. Prill taught vocal and instrumental music from 1954-56 at New Sharon Independent School District in New Sharon. In 1956, he accepted a position as elementary music teacher for Fairfield Independent Schools. He was later named music teacher at the new Fairfield Junior High School (now Pence Elementary). When his mentor Dillon Lowell retired in 1972, Ron accepted the position of band director at Fairfield High School, a position he held until his retirement from teaching in 1992.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • 0725 OTT obit Jerald Fenton photo -T -M Jerald Fenton PLANO — Funeral services for Jerald Fenton, 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fielding Funeral Home, Chariton. Interment will be held in the Brushy Cemetery, Plano. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. He is the

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0725 OTT obit Aldonna Isaacson photo -T -M Aldonna Isaacson OTTUMWA — Aldonna Isaacson, 96, of Ottumwa, formerly of Mena, Arkansas, died at 12:45 a.m. July 23, 2014, at Vista Woods Care Center. She was born March 31, 1918, in Ottumwa to John and Sarah Burtlow Dickerson. She married Edward A. Isaacson. He pr

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynnā Baird BLOOMFIELD — Lynn? Baird, 65, of Bloomfield, died July 23, 2014, at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield; Pastor Jim Matheney officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF C

    July 24, 2014

  • Paula Whipple OSKALOOSA — Paula Whipple, 46, of Oskaloosa, died July 23, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. As was Paula’s wish, her body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT obit Lowell Sims photo -T -M Lowell Sims RUSSELL — Services for Lowell D. Sims will be held 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, located in Russell. Interment will take place following services in the Russell Cemetery. Visitation will take place an hour prior at the church. He is s

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miley Breese BIRMINGHAM — Miley Jo Christine Breese, 5-month-old daughter of Sarah Hervey and Jacob Breese of 155 W. Cedar St., died at 4:41 p.m. July 23, 2014, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home.

    July 24, 2014

  • Joseph Townsley OSKALOOSA — Joseph F. Townsley, 87, of Oskaloosa, died July 23, 2014, at the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Bates Funeral Chapel; Rev. Robb Bruns officiating. Burial will be in the

    July 24, 2014

  • Marlene Stage BIRMINGHAM — Marlene L. Stage, 79, of Birmingham, died at 10:40 p.m. July 22, 2014, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. Her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Saviour’s Luther

    July 24, 2014

  • 0724 OTT obit Roger Williams photo -T -L -M Roger Williams OTTUMWA — Roger A. Williams, 61, of 1301 S. Milner St., died at 2:04 p.m. July 22, 2014, at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa.He was born February 19, 1953, in Ottumwa to John and Kathryn Roth Williams. He married Denise Nasalroad on September

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Aldonna Isaacson OTTUMWA — Aldonna Isaacson, 96, of Ottumwa, formerly of Mena, Arkansas, died at 12:45 a.m. July 23, 2014, at Vista Woods Care Center. Arrangements are pending at Reece Funeral Home.

    July 23, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National