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Ronald W. Prior

Dec 27, 2007

ESTHERVILLE — Funeral services for Ronald W. Prior, 92, of Estherville will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating and at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at Cedar Memorial Chapel in Cedar Rapids with Pastor Bill Wineke officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.

He died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at the Ruthven Care Center in Ruthven.

Ronald Prior, the son of Oliver and May (Palmer) Prior, was born Sept. 26, 1915, in Cedar Rapids.

Ronald served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On Oct. 14, 1937, Ronald was united in marriage to Opal Young in Cedar Rapids. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids until 1946, when they moved to Estherville and made their home. Ronald established Prior Welding in Estherville until 1995 when he retired. Ronald served on the Estherville City Council from 1951 to 1954 and served as interim Mayor in 1954. He also helped with the Estherville Fire Department.

Ronald was a lifetime member of the VFW in Estherville.

Left to cherish Ronald's memory are his children, Scott Prior and his wife, Linda, of Boston, Mass., Ronene Shelton and her husband, Paul, of Oakton, Va., Wayne Prior and his wife, Donna, of Madison, Wis., and Richard Prior and his wife, Deborah, of Graettinger; eight grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

He has been preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Michael; and 11 brothers and sisters. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com