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DANVILLE - Jerry J. Prideaux, 83, of Danville passed away unexpectedly Sept. 18, 2017, at 6:11 a.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Jerry was born in Parsons, Kan., to Glen Otho and Frances (Watts) Prideaux on Dec. 20, 1933.
He married Mary Margaret Haley on Oct. 9, 1965, in Fort Wayne, Ind. She survives of Danville.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; one son, James (Rebecca) Prideaux of Carbondale; one daughter, Ann Renee Miller of Danville; three grandchildren, Lee Miller of Danville, Madeline Prideaux and Joseph Prideaux, both of Carbondale.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry grew up in Missouri and moved to Denison, Texas, when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Denison High School and attended North Texas State University for one year. He transferred to the University of Texas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1956 and was commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He worked for General Electric for six months and then reported for active duty in the Air Force.
After rejoining General Electric, he enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard. He worked for General Electric for 31 years in the lighting division as a product manager and later at Valmont.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, church treasurer and on the finance committee. For the past three years he has been the president of the Kiwanians Golden K Club. Jerry was on the board at CRIS for many years and served on the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging board for eight years, two as president of the board. He was a Cub Scout leader in Charlotte, N.C., and served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Danville. He was a tutor at DACC, a Rural Transportation Representative for Vermilion County, volunteered as a mentor for 12 years with the Splash Program at the YMCA for District 118, was a member of the American Legion Post 210, and a pleasant volunteer for the Douglas Discovery Garden.
Most of all, Jerry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, who will miss him dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St., Danville, IL 61832. Reverend Ann Schwartz will officiate. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834. Burial will be at a later date at Danville National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or CRIS.
Please join Jerry's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on September 19, 2017
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