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Robert G. Prentice of Newton, Middlesex Co., MA

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Robert G. Prentice of Newton, Middlesex Co., MA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2015 and Revised 26 Apr 2015

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1. Robert G. Prentice. We do not yet know where he was born, but in 1946, at the birth of his son, Richard, he was living in Newton, Middlesex Co., MA

He m. Marjorie W.. They had 3 children:

  1. Joanne Prentice. 2012 living in Jamestown, KY.
  2. Peggy Prentice. She m. Ron Trees and in 2012 was living in Springfield, VA.
  3. Richard Scott Prentice, b. 29 Mar 1946, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

2. Richard Scott Prentice, b. 29 Mar 1946, Newton, Middlesex Co., MA, and d. 13 Mar 2012, Big Spring, TX. His obituary reads as follows:

    Richard Prentice: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice, Midland Reporter-Telegram (TX) - Sunday, March 18, 2012.

    Big Spring TX: Richard S. Prentice (Dick) died March 13, 2012 at age 65. He was born on March 29, 1946 to Marjorie W. and Robert G. Prentice in Newton, Mass, two days after his mother's birthday and the second of three children.

    His father was in the oil business so Dick grew up in places like Bradford, PA, Broken Arrow, OK, and finally Abilene, TX. He graduated from Cooper High School in 1964, a member of the first class to attend all three years at CHS. From an early age, Dick was a Boy Scout and, like his father, earned the rank of Eagle Scout with 2 palms. He worked on staff as a merit badge counselor for several years at Camp Tonkawa outside Buffalo Gap, TX. He attended the 1960 Jamboree at Colorado Springs, CO and took a picture of President Dwight Eisenhower who later autographed it. He also went to the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, NM, meeting scouts from all over the country.

    He attended Austin College in Sherman, TX and graduated in 1968 with a BA in Chemistry. He also met his future wife, Elizabeth Ann Sterrett, his math tutor at AC.

    Uncle Sam had a job for everyone that spring and Dick received his "Greetings" letter the week after graduation. He joined the army with specialized training in the chemical corps before landing at Ft. Benning, GA in a smoke generator company marking drop zones for parachute jumpers. He was accepted into Officer Candidate School and began training in September, 1969 at the Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March, 1970 and went to Ft. Gordon, GA for Signal School training. Finally, he was assigned to the 121st Signal Bn, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, KS where he served as Company XO and CO. One of the missions for the 1st Infantry Division at that time was to deploy to West Germany for a month to show America's resolve to defend against Russian threats in exercises called Reforger. Dick participated in two Reforger deployments. On the second deployment, Dick experienced his first encounter with corporate restructuring. The army mandated 6 month early outs in late 1971 for almost everyone as demobilization from the Vietnam War began. His colonel requested he participate in the fall Reforger, which extended his deployment.

    After leaving the army, Dick registered at Texas Tech University as a graduate student in the Chemical Engineering Department on the GI bill. He worked part time at the Lubbock State School and the Textile Research Center. In 1973, Betty Ann re-entered his life with the help of a mutual friend. In 1974, he graduated with an MS in Chemical Engineering, married the love of his life, and moved to Midland to begin a career with ARCO that lasted 20 years. He worked for ARCO in Midland and Odessa on a variety of water floods and other assets. It was tremendous organization and he was extremely privileged to be part of it for so long. Thanks to all for the memories!

    He left ARCO in 1994 and worked for several organizations in Midland and Odessa before joining Concho in 2008. With Concho he was privileged to work exploration plays, primary development, and secondary projects. Once again he found himself in the company of extremely talented and high quality men and women who made his job so rewarding. Thanks to everyone at Concho for all the memories! Dick and Betty Ann saw a need and joined Covenant Presbyterian Church in 1974, beginning a series of life-long friendships with the Covenant families. Covenant later merged with Christ Presbyterian Church to become Grace Presbyterian Church with more good memories. Dick served on almost every committee Grace had to offer.

    One Sunday he led worship service with a borrowed sermon when the supply minister failed to show up. From that experience he began a career filling pulpits of Presbyterian churches in the area. For several years, he filled the pulpit at First Presbyterian Church in Sanderson, TX on a monthly basis. Dick and Betty Ann developed a special relationship with the congregation there. He hopes his sermons impacted the listeners positively. In recent years, Dick and Betty Ann joined First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Midland and became bell ringers, thanks to the patience of Director Greg Pysh. In spite of being relatively new-comers at FPC, Dick and Betty Ann developed many meaningful relationships with members there. Dick regularly gave back to his profession and community.

    He spent several years on the Board of Directors of Society of Petroleum Engineers of the Permian Basin and chaired the board in the mid 1990's. Recently, he re-joined the board as treasurer. He served on Midland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the John James Advisory Board, the Safe Place Board, United Way of Midland Board, and Agape Ministries Board, and as the Maverick Players Treasurer. He was also a member of SIPES and a 1987 graduate of Leadership Midland.

    As an empty nester, Dick tried his hand on stage and back stage with MCT and Mavericks landing several roles, mainly as a "heavy." He was extremely fortunate to land the role of old man Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird in his first audition. Dick loved his family and delighted in their activities as they grew up in Midland in the 1980's and 1990's. For summer vacations, Dick and Betty Ann hitched up a pop-up trailer behind the suburban and set off to explore the USA, camping out in the nearest KOA along the way. The family visited places like Acadia, ME, Gettysburg, PA, Yorktown, VA, Vancouver Island, BC, Glacier, MT, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Devil's Tower, San Francisco, Arches, Mesa Verde, Salt Lake City, Big Bend, New Orleans, Disney World, and numerous points in between. The family kept a map with pins at every place they spent the night on the summer trips.

    Dick is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betty Ann, daughter Kathrine Ann (Kappy) of Plano, TX, and fiancé Wade Reck of Atlanta, GA, son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Anne Prentice of Austin, TX, and daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and David Prentice-Hyers of Ann Arbor, MI. Additional survivors include sister Joanne Prentice of Jamestown, KY and sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Ron Trees of Springfield, VA, and several nieces and nephews.

    Dick felt extremely fortunate to make a career in the oil business of the Permian Basin through all the ups and downs associated with the industry. He met and worked with a talented and first class group of people at every organization. He hoped that his efforts somehow added to supplying the energy needs of a growing world.

    Services will be on Monday, March 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Midland at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the following organizations: FirstPresbyterian Church (Mission Fund) 800 W Texas Midland, TX 79701 Safe Place of the Permian Basin P O Box 11331 Midland, TX 79702 http://www.safeplacenow .com/donate.html Keep Midland Beautiful P O Box 50432 Midland, TX 79710 Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com

He m. Elizabeth Ann Sterrett. Children:

  1. Kathrine Ann Prentice "Kappy". 2012 in Plano, TX.
  2. Rob Prentice. He m. Anne and in 2012 lived in Austin, TX.
  3. Mary Elizabeth Prentice. She m. David Hyers and in 2012 lived in Ann Arbor, MI.

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