Veteran, Former Principal and School Board Member "Bud" Pritchard dies at age 92

By Local News | February 19, 2017
Wather D. “Bud” Pritchard, 92, of Brierwood Community in Bridgeport, passed away February 15, 2017, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 25, 1924, in Clarksburg, WV, the only child of the late George Dee and Ida Mae Wallace Pritchard.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Marie Snider Pritchard, whom he married on September 15, 1947.

He is also survived by a son, James S. Pritchard and his wife Cynthia of Clarksburg, and one granddaughter, Andrea Rae Pritchard of Morgantown.

Bud graduated from Washington Irving High School where he played football; he went on to graduate from Salem College and received his master’s degree from West Virginia University in Education.  He was a proud veteran of “Greatest Generation” having served in the United States Army during WWII during the “D” day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. Bud performed assigned duties in the European Theatre of Operations. He assisted in caring for the sick and wounded of the hospital ward, and administered hypodermic injections, recorded pulse and temperature readings, bandaged injuries, and prepared patients for preoperative and postoperative care.

He retired from the Harrison County school system serving as principal of North View School in 1986 with thirty-five years of service. He also retired in 2005 as an insurance agent having his own agency with Municipal Mutual Insurance Company for 57 years.

Bud was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, a member of Hermon Lodge #6 AF & AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Nemesis Temple Shrine of Parkersburg, and the Central West Virginia Shrine Club. He also was a member of the Bridgeport Lions Club, a member of the American Legion Post 31, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 573.

He loved his family and was always there with the tools when something needed to be repaired or fixed.  He and his son were always doing projects of improvement together.  He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Family and friends may call at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Ken Ramsey officiating.

Interment will follow in the WV National Cemetery with full military graveside rites accorded.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Pritchard’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at   A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

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