Pablo Prieto, 71, of Huron, died early Monday morning, Dec. 20, 2010, in Cleveland Clinic, following a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 23, 1939, in Havana, Cuba, and arrived in America in 1960, when he began his career in the landing gear industry. He was part owner/operator of Metals Applied and was vice-president of operations for the Cleveland Pneumatic Company. He served as president of Menasco Aerospace LTD and later became group president of Coltec Industries, Landing Gear Group. He was serving as president and general manager of ATI Aviation Services.
Pablo was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church-Cleveland, the Medina Kennel Club, was an active member of the United States Power Squadron where he was serving as staff commander and held many offices on the national, district and local level. He was an instructor of celestial navigation for the Power Squadron.
He enjoyed his family and was a "ham" radio enthusiast. He also enjoyed diving, sailing and being out on the water. Pablo loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events.
Pablo is survived by his wife, Sharon (Kuppe) Prieto, whom he married April 4, 1964; his daughter, Amy (Joby) Pfeil of Vermilion; his son, Paul F. Prieto of Huron; grandchildren, Samantha, Savannah, Joby Jr., and Jonah Pfeil; his sister, Carmen (Armando) Valdes of Puerto Rico; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pablo and Flora (Canal) Prieto.
There will be no visitation. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Monday until a memorial services at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2928 Scranton Road, Cleveland. Pastor John Hoyer will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2928 Scranton Road, Cleveland, OH 44113 or The Salvation Army, 3333 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be shared with his family at grofffuneralhomes.com.