Nelson L. Pritchard

MIDLAND — At his home on the evening of Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, Nelson L. Pritchard, 81, of Midland, was called home to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior.

He was born on March 7, 1932, in Evart, the son of the late Leonard and Edith (Hall) Pritchard and was a graduate of Evart High School. He served his country with the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict. On May 16, 1959, he married the former Bonnie Lou Richardson. She predeceased him Sept. 24, 2006. Mr. Pritchard was employed by the Dow Chemical Company as an operator for 27 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Local No. 12075 in Midland. Over his lifetime, he donated over eight gallons of blood to the Ernie Wallace Blood Bank. In his younger years he enjoyed farming with his father and being in the outdoors hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed watching professional sports and was an avid University of Michigan football and basketball enthusiast.

Surviving are his children, Anthony K. Pritchard, and his wife, Linda, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Cynthia L. Pritchard, of Midland, Dee Ellis, and her husband, Dave of Coleman, Troy N. Pritchard, of Midland; five grandchildren, Michael Pritchard, and his wife, Margaret, Benjamin Pritchard, David Ellis Jr., Seth Ellis and Levi Ellis; and several great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his two brothers, Morton and Calvin Pritchard; and his sister, Stella.

In addition to his parents and wife, Nelson was preceded to Glory by three brothers, Elwin, Marshall and Alden Pritchard; and two sisters, Shirley D’Amico and Altha Lutz.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church, 6100 Perrine Road in Midland. Pastor Dan Dickerson will officiate with burial to take place later in the Surrey Township Cemetery in Farwell. Military honors will be presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Midland Area Veterans. Nelson’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until services commence on Saturday at the church.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Ernie Wallace Blood Bank or the United Way. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, 1200 W. Wheeler St. Midland, MI 48640.