John Pritchard, 74, of Erie, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. A private burial will be at Erie Cemetery. Friends and family were invited to a celebration of life reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at the St. Ambrose Church Hall, in Erie. Share a memory of John at www.gibsonbodefh.com. A memorial fund has been established.

John Pritchard, 74, of Erie, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. A private burial will be at Erie Cemetery. Friends and family were invited to a celebration of life reception from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 at the St. Ambrose Church Hall, in Erie. Share a memory of John at www.gibsonbodefh.com. A memorial fund has been established.

John was born and raised in Geneseo. In addition to working at the family dairy, John attended St. Ambrose College to become a teacher and later earned his master’s degree at Colorado State University. He put those teaching skills to use at Atkinson High School and then at Erie High School where he taught English and special reading for 12 years. During the summers, John learned the art of construction and custom woodworking. The opportunity to teach building trades presented itself in 1979, and, from then until his retirement from education, he helped hundreds of students in the shop. “Mr. Pritchard” was known to be fair and firm with very high expectations for all of his students.

Custom woodworking was his passion and he took great pride and pleasure in turning out the highest quality work for his customers. From houses to hutches, custom cabinets to clocks, his work can be found in many homes, businesses and even churches in the area. There was nothing he was afraid to tackle in his beloved shop ... the more challenging and unique, the better. John also loved Corvettes. He owned a 1976 and 1985 and drove them as often as he could. He was a member of the County Line Cruisers car club.

While woodworking and Corvettes took part of his heart, the majority was left for his family. He married Gerilyn Geuns in 1965, and 52 years later he said that was his best decision in life. Together they raised two children. Once the kids were out of college and on their own, John and Gerilyn were fortunate to take many cruises and trips with family and friends to Alaska, the Panama Canal, France, Germany, Ireland and other destinations. Together, they enjoyed visiting the kids and grandchildren. They were blessed!

Later in his life, John’s goal was to do something every day to make someone else happy. This mission led him to meet many special people along the way.

Survivors include his wife, Gerilyn; son, Scott and his wife, Linda, of Bolingbrook; daughter, Angie (Seger) and her husband, Dave, of Stevensville, Mich; grandchildren Hannah and Corey Seger and Kaitlin and Cameron Pritchard; and adopted family Bob and Mary Davis and their daughter, Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Jeannette; and his sister, Judi.

Our family would like to thank the amazing caregivers at Genesis Hospice, especially Tricia, Sheri, Norma, Amanda, Louisa and others. A special thank you to Ruth Fiedler-Eaton and the staff at Erie’s Genesis Health Group for their care and friendship. And to all for the many beautiful cards, texts, phone calls and visits while John was managing his illness.