Hanlon 'Press' Prestby, 84, of Canton
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:19 AM
Hanlon D. "Press" Prestby, 84, of Canton, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
He was born March 26, 1929, to Hans and Marion (Oseth) Prestby, in Deer Park, Wis. He moved at the age of 1 to a farm near Thief Rivers Falls, Minn., and attended St. Hilaire Grade School and graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.
He went to work for Danielson Electric for three years prior to joining the U. S. Air Force from 1950-1954. He served 39 months at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D., where he met his wife, Carolyn Snyder, in Rapid City. They were married Aug. 15, 1953. After being discharged, the couple moved to Canton and operated Press Highway Shell Station from 1954 to 1971. He worked for Canton Lumber Company and bartended for many years at the Skyline Supper Club in Spring Grove. After retirement, he worked as a green's keeper at Harmony Golf Course.
He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, a retired Canton Fireman, a past Canton City Council member and also served on the Canton American Legion Post #400.
He is survived by his three children, Nick (Rene), Kim (Jerry) Bakke and Marc, all of Canton; six grandchildren, Kristi (Peter) Elsbernd, Lucas (Jessica) Wangen, Michele Wangen and Nicole, Samantha and Rachael Prestby; six great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kendra, Addison and Blake Elsbernd, Carson Wangen and Liam Prestby; one sister, Eileen Johnson of Broomfield, Colo.; and two brothers-in-law, Pat Caldwell and Cy (Mary) Snyder; sister-in-law, Georgia Lee; and many nieces and nephews and cousins that he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carolyn; brother-in-laws, Stan Lee and Bruce Johnson, and a sister-in-law, Mary Caldwell.
A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at Assumption Catholic Church in Canton with Msgr. Paul Heiting and Msgr. Donald P. Schmitz officiating.
Mengis Funeral Home, Mabel, assisted the family with arrangements.