Pritchard, John E.
Madison: John E. Pritchard, age 69, passed away September 23, 2018 at Brookdale in Madison. He was born January 1, 1949 the son of David and Elizabeth (Hemmrich) Pritchard in Madison.
John was born and grew up in Madison, but later lived in Minnesota and Florida, before moving back to Madison. John was a karate enthusiast, and received the rank of black belt, and also taught karate to others. He was united in marriage to Meredith Kurth September 28, 1985. John received a BS in Computer Science from Winona State, and was employed by IBM in Rochester, MN until his retirement in 2011. While living in Rochester, he was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church.
John is survived by his sister, Mavis Ebbe, nephews; Robert Ebbe and Christopher Ebbe, former wife, Meredith Pritchard, stepdaughters, Jennifer Kurth, of Des Moines, IA, Julia (Selwyn) Dickey and their children, Cassandra and Nathan of Byron, MN, and stepson; William Kurth and his children, Jarrett and Collette of Evanston, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held from 4-5:00 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Cress Center, 6021 University Ave., Madison WI 53705. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in John's name to The Dementia and ALS Foundation.
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I was so sorry to see that John passed away in September. I also worked with him at ShowCase/SPSS/IBM. I was on the Tech Support side of things and we always reported problems to members of the test group including John. John always had a ready smile and joked with all of us. I have warm memories of John. My condolences to his family.
Please accept my condolences.
John was a wonderful dedicated person. I am saddened to hear of his passing. At the same time I am warmed by many memories - many involving his sense of humor.
I recall once when everybody at ShowCase/SPSS brought in something to share for the holidays. I brought in rum balls. John discovered them while we were grazing. "Wow, these have kick!". Nobody else was eating them. As the joking started we decided to keep them covered so that they would not dry out - and so nobody else would find them! John and I laughed and joked as we proceeded to work on them throughout the day.
He will be missed.
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with John at SPSS. He was kind, caring and had a great sense of humor. John and I also shared a love of gardening and spent time sharing ideas for each other’s yards. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
I am saddened to read of John's passing. John was my mentor when I first started in the field of software, he was a wonderful teacher. He freely shared his knowledge and common sense. John was also a lot of fun to work with. My sincere condolences go out to you, his family. May you Rest in Peace, John.
To John's family,
I was shocked to read of John's recent passing and wanted to tell you how saddened I am. I worked with John at IBM Rochester and enjoyed working with him. He was a good man, who will be missed.
My condolences to you.
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