Rev. Arthur M. Pry
Memorial service will be Saturday, September 23, 1:00pm, at Fairmount Avenue UMC.
Visitation will begin at noon, and a light reception will follow the memorial service.
Age 92, Arthur M. Pry died on June 25, 2023. He is survived by his sons Mark (Rose Weitz) and Larry; daughter Lauren Graves; grandchildren Tyler Pry (Ashley Holcomb), Ariel Pry, Hannah Graves Paguyo (Isaiah) and Sabine Graves; and great-grandson Draven Paguyo. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Roesler Pry; son-in-law Robert Graves; and daughter-in-law Tsippi Wray. Art was born in Kansas City, MO, and raised in Kirbyville and Anahuac, TX. He was educated at Anahuac High School (1947), Southwestern University (1951), Yale Divinity School (1954), and the University of Chicago Divinity School (1973). Following ordination as an elder in the Texas Conference of the Methodist Church, he served as a pastor in Houston (Airline Methodist Church), and campus minister in Tyler (Tyler Junior College) and Beaumont (Lamar State College of Technology). He and his family moved in 1965 to Chicago, where after studying at the Divinity School he was program director and executive director at the Community Center Foundation in Palos Park. In 1981 he and Nancy returned to Texas, where he resumed his career as pastor in the Texas Conference, serving in Orange (St. John's UMC), Port Arthur (St. Mark's UMC), and Houston (St. Philip's UMC). After retiring from the ministry in 1996, he and Nancy moved to St. Paul to be close to their grandchildren. Art's retirement was devoted to his family, to travel, and to service with his church (Fairmount Avenue UMC), Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), reflecting his lifelong involvement in civil rights and social justice issues. [Published by Pioneer Press on July 30, 2023.]
In lieu of flowers, family requests a memorial donation to Habitat for Humanity or a charity of your choice.