OBITUARY

SGT Michael Kim Pritchard

May 16, 1986January 13, 2013

SPC Michael Kim Pritchard, a former resident of Gresham, Oregon, passed away on January 13, 2013 at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He was 26 years of age.

Michael was born on May 16, 1986 in South Korea and was the son of Dennis and Susan Pritchard. He attended Gresham High School where he played football and was on the wrestling team. He graduated in 2005 and attended classes at Mt. Hood Community College and Linn Benton Community College. He worked for a short time at Colwood Golf Course in Portland.

Michael “Doc” enlisted in the United States Army in 2008. He served with the Warhorse Team, 2STB and the 1-67 AR since 2010. He served two tours of duty in South Korea and was a Combat Medic in Afghanistan, returning from deployment in 2012. He was most recently stationed at Ft. Carson and had achieved the rank of Specialist.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed pro and college football. He was an Oregon State Beavers Fan as well as a fan of Notre Dame. He also enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em and playing golf with his dad especially when he got to drive the golf cart.

Michael was generous to a fault and would do anything to help his family and friends. He was very witty, had a great sense of humor and was very affectionate with his contagious hugs. He had great respect and love for his “Brothers in Arms” and deeply enjoyed serving his country. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Michael is survived by his parents, Dennis Pritchard of Portland, Susan Pritchard of Gresham and sister, Gina Pritchard-Wilson of Portland along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends as well as his Brother’s in Arms.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:00 am at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. A committal service with Full Military Honors will be held at Willamette National Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Michael to the Wounded Warrior Project, 2223 Alaskan Way, Suite 220 Seattle, WA 98121.

Michael was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on January 22, 2013.

Services

  • A Celebration of Michael's Life Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Committal Service with Full Military Honors Thursday, January 24, 2013
REMEMBERING

SGT Michael Kim Pritchard

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Art and Carolyn Gould

February 16, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. We remember him at the football games and his being in our daughter, Kristin's, class at GHS. We are grateful for Michael's service to our country. You must be very proud. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Raleigh Walker

February 4, 2013

My deepest condolences are with you all. He was a great man and we will miss him dearly.

Hojo

January 30, 2013

I'll always be your boy Mikey. Just wish i was around to help you. Im sorry i failed you and your family.

Chris Wubbenhorst

January 28, 2013

My dear Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child has to be the worst experience one can endure. I am here, if you need me. With love, thoughts, and prayers, Chris

Margaret Swoboda

January 27, 2013

It is with deep sadness for all of you that I am sending this. However, after reading all of the beautiful tributes to Mike he has left such wonderful memories and inspiration to so many people. May this be of some comfort to you in your sorrow.
With my deepest sympathy, prayers and love,
Margaret (Swoboda)

Lisa Trujillo

January 26, 2013

You know someone is in your heart when their memory crosses your mind and you can't help but smile. Even though I'm sad you left so many people behind, I am overwhelmed with gladness because our paths in life crossed. You don't know how many times since after we met I'd be talking to people about past memories and goodtimes (in Korea) and here I was trying to describe you....... which is hard to do because people just had to have met you to truly appreciate your crazy, fun-loving spirit. In these days since hearing the news I find myself thinking that if ever there was someone who lived in and for the moment, it was you. You're in my heart forever battle. You're truly unforgettable. I love you bro.

My prayers and condolences go to your FAMILY and friends.

January 25, 2013

Our family would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Pritchard. We shall always be grateful for his service and sacrifice for this country.

January 24, 2013

My sympathy goes out to Michael K. Pritchard's family and friends. May the many prayers and thoughts of your loved one comfort all of you. May God bless You and give You strengh.

Henryk Zaleski

January 24, 2013

Rest in peace Michael.

Neil Smail

January 24, 2013

Mikey, I will never forget you. You were like a brother to me, you were the type of guy that would do anything for anybody no matter the time of day, or situation. Im sure that alot of Mikes close friends are still alive today including myself because Prichard always got us home safe and sound. Some of the most wildest car rides that I have ever had in my life involved Mikey behind the wheel. Mike and I have kind of lost touch over the last few years besides a facebook message here and there when you were over seas, but I cant belive that you are gone,it feels like yesterday that we were laughing "show me your bunny" I am going to miss you more than you will know. Fishing trips to smock with the boys, and joking around with you saying that you were born with that yankees hat on because in the whole time that we knew each other I only saw you without it maybe twice. Every memory that I have of the good old days hanging with the boys, you were always there and made the situation or whatever we were doing more bright and always comedy. I know that things will never be the same with you gone, but your memories will keep me going. Mike your smile and positive attitude will always be with me, and until we meet again I love you brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mikes family, and to his sister Gina, if you need anything at all do not hesitate to call. I was there when Mike was here I am still here now. Love all of you guys.