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Joseph Francis Pryal, Jr.

October 15, 1951 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 69)

Obituary

Joseph “Joe” Francis Pryal, Jr., age 69, of Escanaba, passed away Wednesday morning, January 6, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 15, 1951 in Escanaba, the son of Joseph Francis, Sr. and Elaine (Grager) Pryal. Joe was raised in Escanaba and was a 1968 graduate of Escanaba High School. Following graduation, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country for 23 years until his was honorably discharged and retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1993. In 1995, Joe moved back to Escanaba. He furthered his education and received a Master Degree in Automotive Technology and VOCED Certified from Northern Michigan University. Joe taught math and automotive at the Delta Schoolcraft ISD and at Bay College part-time. He married the former Julia Hendrick Schwark on March 8, 1997 in Escanaba. Together, the couple shared 23 years of marriage. Joe was a long-time member of the VFW Post 2998. He greatly enjoyed helping people and would do anything for anyone. Joe was an excellent master mechanic - there wasn’t a thing he could not fix. Joe was an excellent cook and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Joseph F. Pryal, Jr. is survived by his wife, Julia Pryal of Escanaba; son,  Joseph Francis IV (Ann) Pryal of Green Bay, WI, and Patrick Michael Pryal of Escanaba; daughter, Deana Marie Pryal of WI; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Michael (Kay) Pryal of Escanaba; 4 sisters, Jeanne Thill of Escanaba, Kathleen (Bob) Eckhardt of CO, Christina Ryan of Escanaba, and Maureen Quick of WI; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Anne Pryal.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m., Monday, with Father Fran DeGroot officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
January 11, 2021

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
St. Anne Catholic Church
817 South Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
January 11, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Anne Catholic Church
817 South Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

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