Colonel Dale E. Prieser, U.S.A. (Retired), age 85, of San Antonio, Texas, died June 30, 2013.
He was the son of Mary M. and Robert F. Prieser of Wapakoneta, who preceded him in death. His oldest son, Robert S. Prieser, was killed in action in the Republic of Vietnam on Sept. 8, 1968.
He is survived by wife Barbara, of San Antonio, Texaas; a daughter Victoria and her husband Phillip Pair of San Antonio, Texas; and a son Timothy of Tampa, Fla. Colonel Prieser has two grandchildren, Elaine Kyro, of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Lynley Pair, of Minneapolis, Minn.; along with two great-grandchildren, Andrea and Nicholas Kyro. Also surviving is a sister, Miriam Phillips, of Wapakoneta. Two sisters, Loris Henry and Arlene Vergara de Prieser are deceased. There are numerous nieces and nephews.
Colonel Prieser began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a Marine he served in many tactical and administrative assignments. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as an Infantry Master Sergeant. He was commissioned by direct appointment as a Second Lieutenant, Infantry U.S. Army. Colonel Prieser served in many command and staff positions. He retired from the Army as a Colonel (06), Special Forces/Special Operations Officer. He has a bachelorâ€™s degree in International Studies and is a graduate of many specialized military and civilian schools, including the Command and General Staff College where he is a Life Member of the Alumni Association and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is the recipient of many decorations and awards both American and foreign, including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. Colonel Prieserâ€™s military career spanned over 30 years. He was a life member of most all other veteransâ€™ organizations, i.e. American Legion, VFW, MOPH, DAV, SFA, ASWAA, etc. Both Colonel Prieser and his son Robert were inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, Texas.
Rosary will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Joseph Chapel, The Village of Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway St.
Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the chapel.
Interment with full military honors will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alamo Chapter XV Special Forces Association., the contact being Armando Canales, 210-680-5323.
Friends are invited to sign the guestbook at porterloring.com.
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