Wallace Prichard, 81, a resident of Carson City since 1963, died Friday in Reno.
Mr. Prichard was born in Buckley, Wash., on August 11, 1924.
He grew up in Silver City and San Francisco.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was a petty officer, first class. He trained in the Navy as a parachute rigger, which led to his lifelong career in the upholstery trade. He owned a Carson City upholstery shop and helped establish the Nevada State Prison upholstery program.
One of his proudest accomplishments was being a founding member in 1966 of the Carson City Sheriff’s Aero Squadron, as he was an avid pilot.
He was also an avid gardener, outdoorsman and enjoyed restoring antique autos.
He was known as “Poppa,” and he loved spending time with family and friends.
Mr. Prichard was preceded in death by his wife, Edna May Banister, whom he married in 1962.
He is survived by two sons, Rod Banister of Carson City and Wallace P. Prichard Jr. of Sparks; a brother, Melvin Prichard of Sparks; and three grandchildren, Ali Marie Banister, James Garrison and Guy Prichard.
Walton’s Reno was in charge of arrangements.