James Edward Prifogle, 64, died at the Masonic Home in Franklin, IN on Friday, February 17, 2017. He was born on Feb. 3, 1952 to John Stanley Prifogle and Bertha Louise Turner Prifogle.
Jim was a 1971 graduate of Northeastern High School, and a 1976 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He earned his MBA degree from Bowling Green State University.
Jim started his career at Union Carbide in New Jersey, but was happy to return home where he became a dedicated employee of Dana/Perfect Circle, where he was a facilities manager at Plant Five. Jim lived in Hagerstown with his wife and children, and he was a member of the United Church of Christ, the Hagerstown Masonic Lodge #49, and the Hagerstown Country Club. His favorite hobby was golf, but he also enjoyed cutting trees with his father on the family farm.
Jim had finely honed ethical principles. After falling on the ice in the Dana parking lot, the insurance company sent him a check for several thousand dollars to compensate for loss of range of motion of his broken arm. He returned the check to the insurance company, indicating
that his arm was perfectly usable.
In April, 1988, Jimâs life took a dramatic turn when he was the victim of an automobile accident that resulted in severe head trauma. He was in a coma for two months and remained in the hospital/rehab for two years. Despite his brain injury and multiple physical challenges, Jim always maintained a positive attitude and was particularly proud of his children and his alma mater, Purdue.
Jim is survived by his children, Jarrod Prifogle of Centerville, OH, and Erin Prifogle (fiancÃ© Nick Meyers) of Boston, MA, as well as his former wife, Kathleen McCreary of Eaton, OH. His siblings are John Turner-Grey of Denver, CO, and Jean Hoff and Diane Ferlauto, both of Richmond. Surviving aunts include Ruth Rohde of Venice, FL, Emily (Chris) Willcox of Saratoga Springs, NY,
Sheila Reimer of Dekalb, IL, and Helen Patrisso of Temperence, MI. Stepmother Pat Prifogle and stepsister, Amy Robinson-Allen of Phoenix also survive, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services for James Prifogle will be private and at the convenience of the family.