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“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Tony (Mr. Pranses) passing. I have many memories of his leadership and is insightfull conversations on the...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Tom Croissant - Houston, TX

“Dear Pranses family, When my Mom told me of Tony's passing, wonderful memories flooded back of the joy and respect I had for him and the great...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Michael Beall - Shelbyville, KY

“I can't begin to thank Tony and you, Louise, for the wonderful "growing up" years my brother Jim and I had. Through AYH, I got a glimpse of a...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: mary (becker) and jim kaple - OH

“To Mrs. Anthony Pranses: We are sorry to read of the passing of your husband, Tony Pranses. He was so respected at the Lima Westinghouse plant...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Patricia Polito - Columbus, OH, OH

“We are sorry to learn of the passing of your father, Tony Pranses. My father, P. Joseph O'Connor was with Westinghouse, Lima (and earlier,...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Patricia Polito - Columbus,, OH

“Tony was a great guy - a wonderful friend and positive role model to so many of us during our formative years in the Lima Roadrunners back in the...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Dennis Burns - Dallas, TX

“Please accept my sympathy for the lose of your father.... ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Deborah Pauff - Lima, OH


Anthony L. “Tony” Pranses, 90, died at 4:29 p.m. Feb. 26, 2011, at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born May 3, 1920, in Claracq, France, to Anthony K. and Georgette Pilon Pranses, who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1948, he married Margaret Louise Hamill, who survives. Mr. Pranses received his engineering degree from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a captain with the Corps of Engineers in the Aleutian Islands building the Alcan Highway. He enjoyed playing his violin and was active with the Lima Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, where he had also served as president. He spent his entire career at Westinghouse Electric Corp., retiring as manager of manufacturing of the small motor division, after 35 years. He joined the American Youth Hostels in 1936, where he was involved in many capacities, including starting a local chapter of the club in Lima in 1963, and served as national president for three years. He led innumerable trips for the organization, locally, to the far reaches of the United States, Canada and Europe. He was a world traveler, visiting all seven continents, all 50 states and 142 countries during his lifetime. He used his travel experience to serve many years on the YMCA Travel and Adventure series committee, including several times as chairman. He was an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He enjoyed flying, canoeing, skiing, backpacking and mountain climbing. His greatest outdoor passion was his bicycle. He raced as an amateur and as a professional in France and the U.S. and led and participated in several bicycle trips. In 1986, he realized and old dream by making a solo 3, 770 mile bike ride crossing of the U.S. In 2005, he had to hang up his bike, due to declining health, but not before pedaling over 125, 000 miles in his lifetime. Survivors also include two sons, Anthony Randolph (Stephanie) Pranses, of Wellsboro, Pa., and Terry Jay Pranses, of Hoboken, N.J.; a daughter, Renee Louise Pranses, of Lima; and several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. Burial will be at a later date in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lima Symphony Orchestra or the American Youth Hostels.

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