Walter L. Prugh, left, Mayor John A. Hull and Lynn C. Cox received their 50-year distinguished member awards from Mt. Hiram Masonic Lodge 595 in January 2013.

Judge Prugh passes away at age 94

Walter Leon Prugh passed away Monday inside Scott and White Hospital in Temple, less than a month after his 94th birthday and two weeks after suffering a stroke and heart attack on his Kempner ranch. Prugh was born on an Indian reservation in South Dakota, where his father, Harold worked as a ranch foreman and his mother, Emma a cook. He went to high school in Nebraska, and was a small business owner when World War II broke out and he was drafted at age 23.
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