Dundee— William L. “Bill” Prior, age 82, of Dundee, passed away Monday April 27, 2020 in the comfort of his home.
There will be no “PRIOR” calling hours. A private funeral service will be held for the family, followed by burial in Hillside Cemetery, Dundee. A celebration of his life will be held for the public on a future date to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the D.C.S. Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund, c/o Cathy Marusarz, 55 Water St., Dundee; or to the Dundee United Methodist Church, 35 Water St., Dundee, N.Y. 14837.
Bill was born March 12, 1938 in Elmira, son of the late Walter C. and E. Virginia (Andrus) Prior. He graduated from Dundee Central School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. On May 27, 1961 in the Benton Methodist Church, he married the former Connie Mae Mortensen, who passed away Jan. 24, 2014.
A truck driver all his life, he had worked for various companies over the years, including Howards Express, C.E.X., Penn Yan Express, milk truck for Millard Dairy and All Star Dairy, Texas Eastern, and lastly Phil & Mike Morehouse, finally retiring in 2014.
Mr. Prior was a very active and Life Member of the Dundee Fire Department, having been a Past Chief, and Advertising Procurer of the Ladies Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. He was a faithful member of the Dundee United Methodist Church, a regular member with almost perfect attendance of the Classic Café Coffee Club, had played in several bowling leagues over the years, and was also a member of the Dundee American Legion Bradley-Jessop Post #660.
He is survived by two sons, Kevin W. (Cindy Meyers) Prior and Craig S. (Susan) Prior, all of Dundee; a daughter, Vicki J. (Robert Forman) Howell of Penn Yan; three grandchildren, Leigh M. (Derek) Battin of Penn Yan, Nathan S. Prior of Dundee, and Taylor E. Howell of Penn Yan; a great-grandson, Porter William Battin; a brother, Michael W. Prior, and a sister, Wendy S. (Howard) Butters, both of Elmira; a brother-in-law, Donald (Veronica) Mortensen of Stanley; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Robert Prior in 2013.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wendy Hill of Pre-Emption Family Medicine for her loving care.
Arrangements by the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water St., Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.bairdfuneralhomedundee.com.