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Dr. Richard O. Prior

February 19, 1931 ~ February 10, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Dr. Richard Prior Obituary

Dr. Richard O. Prior, 92, of Carthage, passed away at 11:30 PM Saturday evening, February 10, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Carthage.

Richard was born February 19, 1931, the son of Orvel B. and Minnie (Hopkins) Prior on the family Centennial farm near Carthage.  He graduated from Carthage High School in 1949, and then was drafted into the U. S. Army.  He served in England during his service time and witnessed the coronation parade of Queen Elizabeth in 1952.  After his Honorable Discharge he graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport and then opened his office in Warsaw from 1961 until his retirement in 1997.  On February 25, 1954, he was united in marriage to Esther Irene Walker.  Richard and Esther where members of the Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.  Their greatest joy was serving and entertaining church members.

Richard is survived by two sons, Dr. Duane Prior of Warsaw and David Prior of Carthage; a daughter, Twila (Vince) Carlson of Denver, Colorado; a niece, Marsha Malloy, that had lived with Richard and Esther for a time; granddaughters, Brittany (Andrew) King and Kayla Prior; great grandchildren, Kanaan, Eden and Zion King; two sisters, Marjorie Ridings of Greenville, Illinois and Myrtle (Chester) White of Carthage; a brother, Charles (Mary) Prior of Deerfield, Wisconsin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Esther in 2017; a granddaughter, Andrea Prior; and sisters, Hilda Mae Harris, Joyce Allen and Bonnie Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Printy Funeral Home with burial to follow in Moss Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church.  Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.

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February 15, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321

Funeral Service
February 15, 2024

11:00 AM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321


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