LAPLATA, Md. – Joseph Prieskorn, Sr., 74, passed away at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home on April 10, 2013.

Joe was born to Agnes (Ertl) and Milton Prieskorn and raised in Fort Dodge. He was in the first graduating class of St. Edmond’s High School in 1956. While in elementary and high school, Joe was active in the Boy Scouts of America which is where he developed his love of nature and the outdoors passing this passion on to many of his children and grandchildren. He attended Fort Dodge Community College and Iowa State University for three years. His career was devoted to the National Guard in Iowa, Pennsylvania and Missouri, eventually becoming a Master Navigator. He accumulated over 6,000 flying hours in missions to Africa, South America, Italy, Germany and Norway. Early in his career, he was military aid to Gov. Harold Hughes. Shortly before retiring from the National Guard, Joe served as commander for the 133rd Tactical Control Flight in Fort Dodge. Upon retiring from the Guard in 1998, he worked for the Defense Mapping Agency in St. Louis and then as a long-distance trucker for Prime Trucking. Throughout his life, Joe’s hobbies included playing soccer, running, roller skating, playing cribbage, biking the Katy Trail in Missouri, hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail, camping, round dancing, and piloting private aircraft. He was called “Smiley Joe” by his friends. He lived for a time in Arthur and at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab before moving to LaPlata, MD.

He is survived by his brother John Prieskorn of San Diego, CA; daughters, Paula (Tom) Batzer of LaPlata, MD; Patty Campbell of Hebron, CT; Pippa (Randy) Fineran of Arthur, IA; Michelle (Steve) Frantz of Oberlin, PA; sons, Joseph Prieskorn, Jr. of LaPlata, MD and Jon Prieskorn (fiancee Lindsay Johnson) of Mason City, IA. He leaves behind 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Agnes; his stepmother Vivian; sisters, Paula Kaupert and Margaret Humpal, and a brother Kenneth.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Donations can be made in his honor to the USO; United Service Organizations, P.O. Box 96322, Washington, DC 20090-6322.