James (Jim) Alberg Pryor was born on June 14, 1932, in Glendale, Calif., and passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 27, 2013, surrounded by his family, while the sun was rising on the Coulee walls in Grand Coulee, Washington. Jim graduated from Coulee City High School in 1950. On April 2, 1954, Jim married Norma Sincock. To this union there were four children. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed taking his family camping and backpacking in the mountains. Jim always said that he was most proud that he taught his children to be independent and to think for themselves. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a medic in a MASH unit in the Korean War. After Jim was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he owned and operated a Union 76 gas station in Highland, California. In 1960, Jim and Norma moved to Electric City, Wash., where he worked for his father running the Union 76 bulk plant. Jim then went to work for Darigold and was the milkman for many years. When people told his kids that they looked like the milkman, they were correct.
After Norma passed away in February 1988, Jim met Suzanne Olson and they were married in September 1989. To this union, Suzanne brought her five children. Jim embraced Suzanne’s children and loved them as his own. Jim was known as a “Jack of all trades” and was a perfectionist of all he did. He was always busy doing little jobs around the house and was always willing to help all his kids in any way he could. The best way to describe Jim is that he was a very committed husband, father, and grandfather.
Jim was preceded in death by his first wife Norma, his parents Howard and Hilma Pryor, Norma’s parents William and Arbutus Sincock, Suzanne’s mother, Ruth Klusmann, brother Richard Dieterich, and his youngest daughter, Barbara Pryor.
He is survived by his loving wife Suzanne Pryor, son John Pryor (Cheryl), daughters Carol Brock (Jeff), Beverly Panther (Mark), stepsons Mike Olson (Mava), David Olson (Bobbi), stepdaughters Kris Bauer (Tony), Melissa Harding (Shane), Jenny Wisniewski (Darryl), his brothers Rod Pryor, Scott Pryor, and sister Joyce Allen. Jim is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, August 1, from 4 - 7 p.m., and Friday, August 2, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee. A graveside service will be held Friday, August 2, at 11 a.m., at Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hemochromatosis.org Funding Research and Awareness, in memory of James Alberg Pryor. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
Please sign Jim’s on-line register book at www.stratefuneralhome.com . Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee is honored to be serving Jim’s Family.