Donald “Saint” Wayde Prye, 90, of Mifflintown (Mexico), died Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
Born July 10, 1931, in Walker Township, Juniata Co., to Luther M. and Lillian M. (Rowe) Prye, he was the youngest of eleven children who all preceded him in death.
On October 13, 1962, he married his wife, Carol J. (Dysinger) Prye, who survives at home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Donald W. Prye, II, one daughter, Kimberly J. Guiser and husband, Erik, four grandchildren, Cody Prye (Jenna), Aaron Prye (Samantha), Laine Guiser, and Anna Guiser, and five great-grandchildren, Braedyn, Emma, Connor, Dawson, and Ivy.
Saint was a very proud U. S. Navy veteran who served from 1950 to 1954 as a fireman first class at the United States Naval Air Station in Atsugi, Japan, during and after the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Locust Run United Methodist Church where he was lay leader for several years as well as serving on different committees when asked. He was also called by many churches over the years to be a guest speaker and was well known for his recitations at various functions, his last one at his 90th birthday party last summer.
He was retired from Dysinger Meats and his own business, Pryes Painting which he had for many years.
Earlier in life, he enjoyed hunting and working alongside his father-in-law, Blair Dysinger, both at the butcher shop and the pony farm. He was also an early and active member of the Juniata Saddle Horse Association.
Saint loved his Lord, his Family and his Country more than anything and had a special touch with babies. He must have walked a thousand miles with a fussy baby in his arms, always getting them calmed down.
In keeping with Saint’s wishes, there will be no public services. A private service will be held at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown with Pastor Jim Neimond and Pastor Don Walters officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Juniata County Veterans Council. Interment will be in Adams Cemetery, Mifflintown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.
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