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Obituary: John Paul Pruess

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1935 ~ 2003

John Paul Pruess, 68, beloved husband, father and Opa, passed away at home on June 9, 2003, after a valiant struggle with cancer.

He was born on April 28, 1935 in Hamburg, Germany to Paul W. O. Pruess and Therese Guertler Pruess. In 1951, at age 16, he realized his dream of coming to Zion by immigrating alone to America and settling in Salt Lake City. There he joined his brother and together they worked to raise money to have their parents join them. Two years later, he met Evelyn Horn and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in June of 1954. They spent 49 incredibly happy years together and were greatly blessed with five children and 20 grandchildren. John's family was his highest priority and he labored tirelessly throughout his life to serve them. He was an employee at Hill Air Force Base and retired after 35 years of diligent service.

His life was dedicated to helping others, especially the youth and the elderly. He served faithfully in numerous stake and ward callings, particularly enjoying his service as Bishop. He loved working with the young men and influenced many through his faithful and diligent service in the scouting program. His efforts were recognized when he received the Silver Beaver Award in 2001.

He had many talents, but was especially known for being able to fix or build anything. He gave freely of his expertise and time to family and friends.

John's strong work ethic, moral integrity and love of country will live on with his wife Evelyn and his children Michael (Roxanne), Thomas (Janice), Annina (Robert) Muelleck, Steven (Sharon), and Timothy (Marlene) and their children. His brother Peter and wife Ruth, his sisters-in-law Irene and Annegret, and their families, as well as other extended family members, were also touched by his example. He will be greatly missed by all who felt his influence.

Special thanks to Susan Basta of the U of U Pain Management Clinic for her dedicated and innovative care to John over the past year. She has truly become a dear friend. Our gratitude also goes to hospice nurse Lauri Lundgren for her kind service this past month.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sugar House Stake Center (1700 So. 1100 E.). Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary (2350 E. 1300 So.) and at the church on Friday, one hour prior to the service. Interment: Larkin Sunset Lawn.