Ronald Louis Prill
Ronald Louis Prill, 81, Fairfield, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Jefferson County Health Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stacy Grau officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Fairfield with military rites by the 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard.
Visitation for family and friends will be 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at Raymond Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools for a planned Ron Prill Memorial Scholarship, First Lutheran Church or Fairfield Concert Association.
Cards and memorials can be sent to Linda Prill Mench at Raymond Funeral Home, 112 W. Burlington Ave., Fairfield, 52556.
Arrangements are in the care of the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield. Online condolences may be sent to www.raymondfuneralhomes.com.
He was born April 15, 1932, in Fairfield, the son of Orville and Elvira Rudi Prill.
He married Betty Lou Bipes on Dec. 18, 1955. She preceded him in death.
He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Parsons College in 1954 and a Master of Arts degree in music education from State University of Iowa in 1962.
In 1948, he joined the Iowa Army National Guard, 34th Army Band, as enlisted trombonist. He was named the director and company commander of the 34th Army Band in 1972, a post he held for 20 years. He retired from the Iowa Army National Guard in 1992 after 44 years of service. He received many awards including the Legion of Merit.
Mr. Prill directed the Fairfield municipal band.
He taught vocal and instrumental music from 1954 to 1956 at New Sharon Independent School District in New Sharon. In 1956, he accepted a position as elementary music teacher for Fairfield Independent Schools. He was later named music teacher at the new Fairfield Junior High School (now Pence Elementary). He was the band director at Fairfield High School from 1972 to 1992.
He played in many small music groups, including church and community bands including Fairfield Dixieland Band, Iowa Military Veterans Band and Tarnished Brass Band in Van Buren County. He also sang in the Fairfield Community Chorus.
After his retirement from teaching and the military, he served as the Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator for four years. He was a member of the Fairfield Lions Club for more than 50 years. He also was a member of First Lutheran Church ELCA, the Fairfield Concert Association and the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools.
He served as president of the CALU Apartment Board and the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association. He also was editor of the Iowa Bandmaster’s Association state magazine for four years.He enjoyed golfing, swimming, biking, boating, waterskiing, camping and creating jewelry art and memory books for his family.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy (Jerry) Prill Leathers of Stockport, Linda (R. Michael) Prill Mench of Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany,; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, and his wife.