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Jonathan Alan Pranga

November 16, 1980 October 30, 2018
Jonathan Alan Pranga
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Obituary for Jonathan Alan Pranga

Jonathan Alan Pranga, a resident of Port Huron Township and former resident of Milford, died on October 30, 2018 at the age of 37 after suffering a heart attack at his home.

He leaves his daughters, Julia Pranga, Cortney and Ashley Cates, and their mom, Melissa; his mother, Judy Pranga-Watts and his step-father, Alvie Watts; his brother, Steve, and his sister-in-law, Keri Pranga; his sisters, Misty Pranga and Lindsey Watts, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Pranga, in 2009.

Born in Pontiac, Michigan on November 16, 1980, the son of Stephen and Judy (Rickley) Pranga, Jon grew up in Walled Lake and Milford, where he was a graduate of Milford High School. Following high school he moved to California to study at the College of Oceaneering where he learned underwater welding and paramedic skills.

Jon joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in June 2004 and completed Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He then Completed Maintenance Management Production Apprentice training and graduated with honors, along with receiving the Air Education Training Center Commander’s Award for top graduate. After graduation, his first assignment was Selfridge ANGB with the 927th Maintenance Operations Flight. In 2007 Sergeant Pranga cross-trained into aerospace maintenance. He completed Aerospace Maintenance Craftsman Transition course at Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. Sergeant Pranga has deployed outside of his primary career field numerous times supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom backfilling for the 927th Maintenance Operations Flight and 455th Security Forces Squadron. As a fully qualified crew chief he’s deployed to Anderson AFB, Guam with the 191st Maintenance Squadron in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016. In 2015, he deployed to Al Udeid, Qatar supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany, supporting NATO operations. Technical Sergeant Pranga was currently an Aerospace Maintenance Craftsman assigned to 191st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Michigan. He was one of the aircraft managers of the Aircraft Generation Section for the KC-135 Stratotanker, and Primary section training manager, airfield driving manager, alternate Unit Career Advisor, and a recipient of numerous awards and decorations.

Outside of his duties, Jon was outdoorsy and venturesome in leading friends and family on adventures involving running, hiking, disc golfing, boating, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, sporting events and many wonderful trips. At home he enjoyed video games, assembling model airplanes, knitting blankets, smoking meats, baking, and eating chocolate desserts and his mom’s sweet potatoes and baked beans which were his favorite. Jon was also a very spiritual man and active in his community, coaching youth soccer and driving the church bus.

Above all, he was a wonderful, caring dad to his daughter Julia. She was the light of his life, and Julia had him wrapped around her finger :) Julia will never forget the amazing trip earlier this year with her dad and grandma to Disneyland. Jon will always be remembered as a leader, a good man, and his humor, his military smirk and his big presence in his family’s life, will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford, on Tuesday, November 6, from 3-8PM, with a Time of Sharing at 4PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Road, White Lake, MI on Wednesday, November 7, at 11AM. A luncheon will follow at the church. Interment and Full Military Honors will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly on Wednesday, November 7, 2:30PM. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Heart Association.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

6

Nov

3:00 PM 11/6/2018 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/6/2018 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Wednesday

7

Nov

11:00 AM 11/7/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Parish of White Lake

9086 Hutchins St.
White Lake, MI 48383

St. Patrick Parish of White Lake
9086 Hutchins St. White Lake 48383 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Great Lakes National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4200 Belford Road
Holly, MI

4200 Belford Road Holly MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

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