Joseph Edward Prieskorn, 74


Memorial Service - AT A LATER DATEJoseph Edward Prieskorn, Sr., 74, of La Plata, MD passed away on April 10, 2013 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

Joe was born on July 16, 1938, son of the late Agnes Anna (Ertl) and Milton Charles Prieskorn in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he was raised.

While in elementary and high school, Joe was active in the Boy Scouts of America which is where he developed his love of nature and the outdoors, passing this passion on to many of his children and grandchildren. His career was devoted to the National Guard in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Missouri, eventually becoming a Master Navigator. He accumulated over 6,000 flying hours in missions to Africa, South America, Italy, Germany and Norway. Early in his career, he was military aid to Gov. Harold Hughes. Shortly before retiring from the National Guard, Joe served as commander for the 133rd Tactical Control Flight in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Upon retiring from the Guard in 1998, he worked for the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis, Missouri and then as a long-distance trucker for Prime Trucking. Throughout his life, Joe's hobbies included playing soccer, running, roller-skating, biking, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, camping, round dancing, and piloting private aircraft. He was called "Smiley Joe" by his friends.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his step-mother Vivian; sisters, Paula Kaupert and Margaret Humpal; and a brother, Kenneth.

He is survived by his brother, John Prieskorn of San Diego, CA; daughters, Paula (Tom) Batzer of LaPlata, MD; Patty Campbell of Hebron, CT; Pippa (Randy) Fineran of Arthur, IA; Michelle (Steve) Frantz of Oberlin, PA; sons, Joseph Prieskorn, Jr. of LaPlata, MD and Jon Prieskorn (fiancée, Lindsay Johnson) of Mason City, IA; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. All arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the United Service Organizations (USO), P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322 .

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