Jack Eugene Pritchard, 76

Jack Eugene Pritchard, 76, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:53 p.m., Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 at his residence. Born Feb. 22, 1934 in Columbia City, he was a son of Merl and Sara (Brown) Pritchard.A lifetime resident of Columbia City, he attended school in the Jefferson Township School System. On Sept. 15, 1953, he married Roberta Mae Birch in Columbia City. He was employed with the Whitley County Highway Department for over 35 years, retiring in 1995. He was an active member of the Blue River Church of the Brethren.Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Roberta Mae Pritchard of Columbia City; son, Alan (Cathy) Pritchard; three daughters, Linda Hartman, Penny (Ronald) McCain and Pam (Jerry) Calhoon, all of Columbia City; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Harry Pritchard, and three sisters, Velma Carlisle, Viola King and Willodean Bennett.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Blue River Church of the Brethren, 3040 East 700 North, Columbia City with Pastor Craig Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Thorn Cemetery, 625 W 350 S in Ormas. Memorials in Mr. Pritchard’s memory may be made to the Deacon’s Fund at Blue River Church of the Brethren or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.