Donald Arthur Pries

Donald Arthur Pries, age 79 of Collinsville, IL born Sept. 9, 1937 in St. Peter, IL, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at his residence surrounded by family. 

Donald retired as an electrical engineer working at Emerson Electric and Sabreliner Aviation, both in St. Louis, MO.   He receveied a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from St. Louis University. He was an avid aviation enthusiast, as well as a private pilot.  Donald was a past president of the local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter.  He worked on the Gemini Space Program, and developed radar on military aircraft.  He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ruby nee Schaal Pries; and a sister, Marjorie Runge. 

He is survived by his wife, Judith nee Kruger Pries, whom he married Sept. 30, 1961; three daughters:  Jan (Rick) Fenton of Maryville, IL, Jill (Allen) Clapp of Boulder Creek, CA, and Juliet Pries of San Francisco, CA; two granddaughters:  Corinne and Lydia Fenton; two sisters:  Janice Isbell of Springfield, IL and Shirley (Charles) Brauer of St. Peter, IL; numerous nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, St. Peter, IL with Rev. William Emrick officiating. 

A memorial visitation will take place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, IL.  A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Scott Adle officiating. 

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Heartland Hospice, or Lutheran Braille Workers.  Memorials may be received at the church, or can be mailed to Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville, IL 62062.

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