C. Darrell Prichard

1932 - 2016

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Dr. Reverend Clinton Darrell Prichard, 84, of Findlay, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:52 p.m. Darrell was born in Frankclay, Missouri on April 5, 1932 to Sylvester and Viola (Price) Prichard. Darrell grew up in Leadwood, Missouri, graduating from Leadwood High School in 1950. Darrell attended what was then called Findlay College, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree, while also serving as President of his graduating class. Darrell went on to attend Winebrenner Theological Seminary, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. On September 5, 1953, he married the love of his life, Alberta Bowen at the Leadwood First Church of God, in Leadwood, Missouri. Darrell pastored the Wayne Church of Christ in Wayne, Ohio from 1953 to 1955. In 1956, Darrell and Alberta moved to Risingsun, Ohio, where he became the pastor of the Risingsun First Church of God. Darrell led that congregation in the construction of a new church building, and continued in the role of pastor there until 1965. It was at that time that Darrell was named the pastor of the Mt. Tabor Church of God in Nappanee, Indiana, serving in that capacity until 1973. Darrell then became the Associate Administrator of the Churches of God, General Conference, which was headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. During his tenure in the administrative offices of the denomination, he traveled extensively to Venezuela and Haiti, where he was instrumental in the growth of Project HELP, as well as ministering on the Navajo Reservations in New Mexico. Darrell left the administrative offices in 1980 to resume his role as pastor when he became the Senior Pastor at College First Church of God in Findlay, maintaining that position until 1993. Darrell was “back home,” as the church sits adjacent to the campus of The University of Findlay. As pastor at College First, he was also chaplain for the university’s football team, spending many Saturdays at Donnell Stadium with the coaches and players. In 1980 Darrell was also honored by The University of Findlay with an Honorary Doctorate degree. In 1993, Darrell left the pastorate to become the Administrator of the Ohio Conference, Churches of God. He served in that capacity for seven years. It was in this role that Darrell became a mentor to the many pastors in the denomination throughout the state. This was a role he cherished. During this time, he was instrumental in starting the Pension Board for pastors in the Churches of God. Darrell also played a role in establishing the Foundation of the Great Lakes Conference, Churches of God, where he served as President of the Foundation until his retirement in 2011. Darrell has served the denomination and community in various capacities. Within the Churches of God, he was the overseer of Camp Otyokwah in Butler, Ohio, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for Winebrenner Village. He was influential in the sale of Winebrenner Village to Blanchard Valley Hospital, which subsequently became Birchaven Retirement Village. Darrell served as a member of the Board of Trustees for both Winebrenner Theological Seminary and The University of Findlay, being honored as a Trustee Emeritus for both institutions. Within the community, Darrell was a founding member of the Hancock County Metropolitan Housing Authority, serving as its first President. He has also been an active member of College First Church of God since 1973. Darrell enjoyed working in his yard and flower beds, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending The University of Findlay athletic events, and was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. In 2011, Darrell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. After much thought and discussion with his family, he made the commitment to become an active advocate for patients and their families; with his own journey being chronicled in the documentary “Instead of Your Name.” Darrell was active in the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio and traveled to both Columbus, Ohio and Washington D.C. to meet with legislators regarding this terrible disease. As with so many before him, the disease eventually took him from us before a cure was found. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Birchaven for their loving care and compassion to Darrell during his last months, as well as special thanks to so many of his friends for their love and loyalty over the years. There are far too many to name. Darrell is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alberta (Bowen) Prichard; three daughters, Marsha Prichard, Pam (Kevin) Jenkins and Deb (Jim) Ebert, all of Findlay; grandchildren, Lisa (Nathan) Heath, Sylvania, OH, Elisha (Rick) Mead, Findlay, OH, John (Natalie) Jenkins, Findlay, OH, Austin Fox, Columbus, OH, and Kaden Ebert, Findlay, OH, as well as eight (8) great-grandchildren. Darrell’s adoring sisters, Lucille (Prichard) Collins and Sylvia (Jerry) Burch, both of Farmington, Missouri also survive him. He was predeceased by his parents, Sylvester and Viola Prichard, as well as a niece and two nephews. Visitation services will be held at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, on Monday, June 20, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at College First Church of God on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with a time of visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Pastor William Reist will be officiating, with burial immediately following at Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay. Memorial contributions can be made in Darrell’s name to the “Darrell and Alberta Prichard Fund for Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio” through the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, as well as to College First Church of God. Online condolences can be sent via www.coldrencrates.com “Well done thou good and faithful servant…”

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, June 20th 2016 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    College First Church of God[Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, June 21st 2016 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, June 21st 2016 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    College First Church of God [Map]
    1100 North Main Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    The Darrell and Alberta Prichard Fund
    Commnunity Foundation
    101 W. Sandusky St. Suite 207
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : alberta
Date :Friday, June 17th 2016
From : jenny fillhart
he was an example of a life well lived. and you alberta a testimony of a wonderful,loving,dedicated wife and caregiver. God will give you peace. jenny

To : Alberta family
Date :Friday, June 17th 2016
From : Stephanie Garner Kramer
Darrell Prichard will be forever remembered for his Christian example as well as his everlasting love for his family. I am proud to say I knew him and had the privilege of hearing him preach some powerful sermons. It's a comfort to know he's now resting in Jesus' arms, but what a loss for his family and all who loved him! You're all in my prayers. Stephanie

To : Alberta Marsha Pam Deb and family
Date :Friday, June 17th 2016
From : Jack and Jill Zeto
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we offer our thoughts and prayers to you in the loss of Darrell. He was a special man to so many, and a true servant. We pray that you feel God's arms holding you now. To think of Darrell now with Jesus is such a beautiful image.
We love you. Jill (Woodward) and Jack Zeto

To : Aunt Berta Marsha Pammie and Deb
Date :Saturday, June 18th 2016
From : Jim and Cindi Tilley
Sending all my love, and light to help your family cope with the loss of your husband and father and grandfather

To : All the Prichard Family
Date :Saturday, June 18th 2016
From : The Mann Family Joshua Lisa Jonas Jaymeson and Jak
We are sending up so many prayers for your family. I have been witness to the kindness and love that Darrell showed to all those around him. You can see the light he bestowed upon th earth in the love and light of Pam and Lisa. God put you both in my life exactly when I needed a really good friend and for that I am blessed. Know that the kind of man your Father and Grandfather was touched so many and moved so many hearts. My prayers, thoughts, and love are with all of you now and in the coming years.

To : Alberta and family
Date :Saturday, June 18th 2016
From : Mike Newcomer
My thoughts and prayers are with you all...I take comfort in the fact that Darrell is now celebrating his heavenly homecoming with my mom!

To : Alberta Prichard Family
Date :Saturday, June 18th 2016
From : the Rev Bob and Judie Bistline
We knew it was coming, but not so soon as this. Blessings and prayers to all of you as you complete the journey Darrell began. How many were his accomplishments, but none so great as his home in the Church Triumphant, where he is and where we will find him on that great day.
Love to you, Bob and Judie

To : Alberta Prichard
Date :Sunday, June 19th 2016
From : Jon and Kris Linder Hall
So sorry to hear of Darrel's passing. Such a wonderful man and friend. Jon appreciated his guidance and support when they served together on the camp board. And Mom and I loved his compassionate way. He will be missed.

To : Alberta Prichard and Family
Date :Monday, June 20th 2016
From : Fred and Kay Gokey
We were so sorry to hear of Darrell's death but we know he is with his FATHER IN HEAVEN. What a great man he was. Our fondest memories are when he was best man at our wedding. You both made it a wedding to remember. Our thoughts will be with all of you in the coming days.
Fred & Kay

To : The Family of C Darrell Prichard
Date :Monday, June 20th 2016
From : Sandra and Matthew Van Etta
We send you our condolences for the loss of your husband and father. In the short time that we knew Mr. Prichard we were truly blessed by his delightful and genuine openness. He always came forward with a big smile and twinkling eyes and a warm handshake. He was a friend to everyone! Having gotten to know him has been a blessing.

To : Darrell Prichard Family
Date :Monday, June 20th 2016
From : Karen Van Nice Spurgat
I was so very sorry to read of Pastor Prichard's passing. He was a compassionate and caring individual. He gave so much. I extend my deepest sympathy to you all.

To : Alberta
Date :Monday, June 20th 2016
From : Roberta Ferrell Pierce
Sorry to read of the loss of your husband. I was unaware of his illness and was saddened to learn of it as we have experienced the difficult affects of Alzheimer's in the life of my father-in-law. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Roberta

To : The Prichard Family
Date :Tuesday, June 21st 2016
From : Skylar Mettert
My thoughts & prayers are with you all. May you take comfort in all the wonderful memories you shared with Darrell.

To : The Prichard Family
Date :Tuesday, June 21st 2016
From : Rollie and Carolann Rittner
Alberta and family,
We send our sincerest condolences to all of you as we learn of Darrell's passing. He was by far one of the best and through his trials and your families willingness to share his journey with others there will be many enlightened as they deal with this terrible disease. Let your grief not overshadow the gift he was in so many life's.
Sincerely, Rollie and Carolann

To : Pam and Family
Date :Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
From : Andrew Warren
Pam, I am very sorry to hear that your dad has passed. I am thinking and praying for you and your entire family. You have done so much for my mom in hard moments in her life. Please let my mom return the favor and lean on her. Love you Pam...thanks for being my mom's best friend! Means more to me than you know!