Was mechanical engineer

A memorial service will be announced to family and friends at a future date. for Robert N. Prittie, 88, who died Aug. 29, 2013.

Born in Alliance in 1925, Mr. Prittie graduated from Amherst High School in 1943 and served in World War II as an artillery forward observer in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany from late 1944 to April 1945.

He married Lila Mae, his wife of 63 years, in Amherst in 1946 and earned a BSME at Carnegie Tech and a bachelor of science degree at Baldwin Wallace College.

He went on to work as a mechanical engineer at Jack & Heintz (later Lear Siegler) in Bedford, designing aeronautical components and helping to develop the gyroscopic guidance system for the Apollo lunar landing module and elements of the space shuttle.

The couple reared four children in Maple Heights and Aurora, where they lived for 22 years. After his retirement in 1986, he and his wife moved to Blacksburg, Va. and lived there for 10 years before relocating to Georgia, first to Powder Springs and finally Decatur, where Mrs. Prittie died in October 2009.

Mr. Prittie is survived by sons Douglas (Joanne) Prittie of Delafield, Wis., David Prittie of New York and Steven (Deborah Coleman) Prittie of Winchester, Mass.; daughter Nancy (Michael) Israel of Sydney, Australia; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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