William Wayne "Lou" Pryor

  • Born: June 10, 1926
  • Died: October 9, 2018
  • Location: Marshall, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Wayne "Lou" Pryor of Marshall, MI

Lou, age 92, died peacefully at his residence with his family at his side on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2018.

Lou was born June 10, 1926 in Jackson, Michigan the son of M.L. and Lottie (Archer) Pryor. He grew up in the Albion area, attended Albion High School and then joined the U.S. Navy, honorably serving his country during WWII. Lou was a master mechanic and retired from the former Ronan & Kunzel Co. in Marshall, where he fabricated electric sliding doors for commercial use.

Lou married Elizabeth Wilder in 1948. She had four children whom he raised as his own, Linda Wilder Blade (deceased), Deanna Wilder Livernois of Marshall, Robert (Patty) Wilder of Colombia City, IN and Frank (Billie) Wilder of Champagne, IL. They had four children, Russell (Kathleen) Pryor of Marshall, Nora Pryor (deceased), Keith Pryor in Florida and Dora Pryor Mefford (deceased). Their marriage ended in divorce. Lou married Pansy Vandever in 1966 and raised her four children, Don Vandever and Pat Vandever (both deceased), Cloyce Vandever of Marshall and Ruth Vandever (David) Organic of Battle Creek. Pansy preceded Lou in death in 2002. Lou is also survived by his companion, Suzanne Hamlin; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Lou was also preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Lou loved to dance, especially at Fredonia Grange, Maple Leaf Grange, Mosierville, Coldwater Community Center and in Scotts. He had many friends at those dances, which he considered his family. Lou loved to ride and work on his motorcycles. He once owned a 1953 Indian Chief that he loved to tinker with and ride.

The Graveside Service to celebrate Lou's life will be held on Friday, November 30th at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI, where full military honors will be bestowed by the United States Navy Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard. Memorial contributions in Lou's honor may be directed to Heartland Hospice Care of Jackson, 865 S. Cedar Street, Mason, MI 4885. Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek is assisting Lou's family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Russ and family, My condolences for the loss of your father. He appears to have been a very busy man and loving father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Posted by Diana Stuart - Marshall, MI - Friend   October 20, 2018

You will be deeply missed grandpa!! I will cherish all the amazing memories we shared together! I don't think I can pick just one favorite memory....except may be all the times you would let me sit on your lap and drive the car while going to breakfast, or may be when you and grandma took me to the fair and you rode a couple rides with me before we went in to watch horse races! ALL the family events, first moving up here to Michigan and living with you guys! Nacho Cheese Doritos and riding on the moped to find pop bottles on the side of the road. Or the day the cop pulled us over on the moped and said you couldn't ride with me on it and as soon as he was out of sight you got me back on and away we went! Oh how I could go on for days....I love you Grandpa Pryor! I hope grandma was standing there waiting for you!

Posted by Christine Organek - Marshall, MI - Grandchild   October 11, 2018