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September 9, 2013

Ronald Prill

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During his tenure at FHS, Mr. Prill took band students on many trips. Under his supervision, FHS band students were able to perform at International Lions Conventions in Mexico City and Phoenix, Ariz., as well as Disneyland, Disneyworld and Winnipeg, Canada.

In addition to his involvement with the FHS, 34th Army and Fairfield Municipal bands, Mr. Prill played in many small music groups, including church and community bands. He was an original member of the Fairfield Dixieland Band and a member of the Iowa Military Veterans Band and Tarnished Brass Band in Van Buren County. He also sang in the Fairfield Community Chorus.

After his retirement from teaching and the military, Mr. Prill served as the Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator for four years. He was a member of the Fairfield Lions Club for more than 50 years. He also was a member of First Lutheran Church ELCA, the Fairfield Concert Association and the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools.

Mr. Prill served as president of the CALU Apartment Board and the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association. He also was editor of the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association state magazine for four years. In addition to his lifelong devotion to music, Mr. Prill enjoyed golfing, swimming, biking, boating, waterskiing, camping and creating jewelry art and memory books for his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Prill Leathers and spouse Jerry Leathers of Stockport and Linda Prill Mench and spouse R. Michael Mench of Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany; and five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one stepaunt, Elaine Peters.

His parents, his stepmother and his wife preceded him in death.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church; Rev. Stacy Grau officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield with military rites by the 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard.

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