Jack C. Pringle


Jack C. Pringle, 74, of Clinton found comfort being at home and was surrounded by his loving family as he finished his journey home on March 30, 2019, following a courageous battle after being diagnosed in 2017 with PSP progressive supranuclear palsy.

Funeral Services will be 11:00am, Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the First Congregational Church - Clinton. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm, Wednesday at the church. A Rose Croix service will conclude the visitation at 7:00pm. Private family burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeff Lakin, Pete Scarano, Dwight Royer, Jim Thompson, Kevin Keister, and Chuck Edelen. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ron Garrison, Denny Duerling, Peter Gluck, Ray Shackelford, Dave Romont, Don Overland, Dick Roberts, Scott Khwaja, Tom McEleney, and Dick Kissack. Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting his obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Jack Clark Pringle was born on August 22, 1944 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Verne and Maxine (Bower) Pringle. He was raised in Garner, Iowa and graduated from high school there in 1962. He would later graduate from the University of Iowa in 1966 with a bachelors degree. He continued his education with a masters degree in 1971 and earned his education specialist degree in 1979 from the University of Iowa.

Jack met Joan M. Stephenson at the University of Iowa in 1963. The would later be married on August 6, 1966 in Mediapolis; from their union two great sons were born. He would start his career in education starting as a junior high teacher in Lisbon, and would eventually become a principal from 1966-1972. He and Joan would move to Clinton in 1972, and he was the principal at Elijah Buell for 30 years retiring in 2002.

Jack was an avid reader, Dodger and Hawkeye fan. He loved to play cards, traveling, especially enjoying 8 winters in Destin, Florida. Music was an integral part of each day and played the tuba for the University of Iowa marching band and the Riverside Brass, and drums for the KAABA Shrine Oriental Band. He enjoyed gardening and was a master gardener at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum.

Jack was very active in the community and church. He enjoyed volunteering and was apart of many organizations including: the Optimist Club, the Eagle Point Nature Society board, First Congregational Church trustee, church choir, Western Star Lodge #100, and Clinton Scottish Rite Bodies. He was named in 1974 as the Clinton Kiwanis young educator of the year. Through the years Jack remained in contact with his former pupils and called them by name.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 52 years: Joan of Clinton; two sons: Jason (Julie) Pringle of Waukee, Iowa; Joshua Pringle of Des Moines, Iowa; two grandchildren: Jameson and Josephine Pringle of Waukee; two brothers: Jerry Pringle of Mason City, Iowa, and Joe Pringle of Desoto, Wisconsin; three nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, step sister: Verna Ruth; mother-in-law; Violet Stephenson, father-in-law: John M. Stephenson; brother-in-law: John A. Stephenson; two sisters-in-law: Carolyn Pringle and Suzy Pringle.

Memorials can be contributed in Jack's name to Genesis Hospice, Shriners Children's Hospital, First Congregational church, or Cure PSP.
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Robert & June Deines
Apr 09, 2019
Dear Joan and Family:
It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest sympathies. We have many fond memories of all of you through church and through Robert's long-term sub at Buell with Jack. Blessings, The Deines'
Shauna Dietrick(Eaker)
Apr 07, 2019
Mr. Pringle was my elementary school teacher. My mom taught at Elijah Buell also so I spent a little more time in the school than most students. He had a smile. And charisma that i know many felt was contagious. How surprised i was to see that same smile arrive at my graduation party. I find myself smiling just sharing my "warm fuzzy". My condolences to friends and family.
Judie nielsen
Apr 07, 2019
Jack Pringle was my three sons Principal the whole time each went to school at Elijah Buell. They and I will always remember the smiling face of Jack Pringle. What a guy! Yes, he took pride in knowing all of his students by name and a little personal story to boot! He was a special man! We will all miss him.
Meg McLaughlin
Apr 04, 2019
Dear Mrs. Pringle, we loved the Pringle family and have many fond memories of babysitting at your house and Mr. Pringle’s constant smile and zest for people and life. You are, and will remain, in my prayers. Sincerely, Meg ‘Roushar’ McLaughlin
Richard Libby
Apr 03, 2019
Jack was always a fun guy to deal with, he was a respected principle and a nice guy to deal with professionally and as a friend.