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Eugene H. Prange, retired Navy commander, dies at 85

Eugene H. Prange
Navy officer, pilot

Eugene H. Prange, a retired Navy commander and flight instructor at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Fauquier County, died Nov. 11 at the Fairfax Nursing Home. He was 85.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his son, Robert Prange.

Cmdr. Prange, an Annandale resident, earned his private pilot license at 17 and a year later joined the Navy’s aviation program. He flew anti-submarine-warfare aircraft in the Korean War and was a flight instructor of the P4Y-2 Privateer, a patrol bomber.

He flew 28 different aircraft types during his time in the Navy, his son said. Cmdr. Prange’s military decorations included three Air Medals and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

After his military retirement in 1976, he was a flight instructor at the Quantico Flying Club and a tow pilot at the Warrenton Soaring Center in Warrenton, Va., until 1982. He then worked as a flight instructor at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport until his second retirement in 2003.

Eugene Hanly Prange was a native of Clear Lake, S.D., and a 1966 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He received a master’s degree in accounting in 1980 and a law degree in 1988, both from George Mason University.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Helen Paulson Prange of Annandale; three sons, Robert Prange of Ashburn, Va., Eugene Prange Jr. of Covington, Va., and Mark Prange of Port Isabel, Tex.; and two grandsons.

— Megan McDonough

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