Obituary: Harold B. Prentiss

Harold B. “Hal” Prentiss, Jr., 81, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital.

He was born July 1, 1936, in Valparaiso, Ind., to Harold B. Sr. and Bonnie L. (Fisher) Prentiss. On March 15, 1974, he married Rose-Elaine “Len” Caedo in Swarthmore, Pa. They were married for 43 years. She survives of the home.

Hal served his country in the U.S. Army Green Berets attaining the rank of captain. He was a graduate of the University of Indiana, where he earned his medical degree. He worked as a radiologist at the former Halstead Hospital and Hertzler Clinic.

He was a classical music enthusiast and an accomplished piano player and had a love of golf and tennis. Every family gathering was beautifully accompanied by his music. He had a love of golf and tennis. He played tennis multiple times a week with a dear group of friends, and he even had a hole-in-one. Dogs also were important in Hal’s life, and there was always at least one in the home to sit in his lap. His beloved little Yorkshire Terrier, Bojangles, joined the family in 2002, and the strength of their bond was apparent when Bo passed on only days before Hal.

Of all of Hal’s accomplishments and joys in life, he was most proud of being a loving husband, father and grandfather. He greatly enjoyed traveling all over the world with his wife, Europe being a favorite destination. The annual family trips to Hillsborough and Palm Desert, Calif., were anticipated highlights of the year. He always looked forward to spending time with his daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters and grandpuppies. He was a constant source of the latest technology and news, advice, laughter and wine refills.

Hal is survived by his loving wife, Len Prentiss of the home; daughters, Pilar L. Prentiss of Durham, N.C., Jennifer A. Prentiss Keane and her husband Bryan Keane of Hillsborough, Calif., and Sandra M. Prentiss and her partner Daniel Sotomayor of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one brother, Jerry E. Prentiss of Honolulu, Hawaii; and three granddaughters, Savannah, Juliana and Emerson Keane.

Hal was preceded in death by his parents.

A time of gathering and fellowship with refreshments provided will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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