A Leavenworth High School graduate, he is survived by sisters Marilynn Helm of Hays, Nancy Bruhn of Chico, California, brothers Jim Pratt of California and John Pratt of Nevada, by his children Steven and Ivy Pratt of Severance, Robert and Stephanie Pratt of Lenexa, Bethany Pratt of Beaverton, Oregon, Richard and Leah Pratt of Lansing, and Jonathan, Melinda, Wyatt, Kimberly, Lincoln, and Olivia Pratt of Lansing, and grandchildren Molly, Noah, Zach, Olivia D., Karen, and Daniel. Bill is preceded in death by his parents Lt. Colonel James R. Pratt and Ruby Pratt, and his brother Bobby. An army brat, Bill travelled all over the world as a child, and chose to stay in Leavenworth with his parents after they retired. Bill worked 25 years at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 10 years with Food4Less. Thru the years, he also provided for his family as a co-owner of Veteran’s Cab, and working security at Cushing Hospital and Lakeview Village in Lenexa.
His kids will continue his traditions of sledding on post, Yorkshire pudding on holidays, mushroom hunting on government property, and camping in the Ozarks. His children and six grandchildren will miss being the recipients of his wisdom and culinary genius.
In no particular order
- "Yes, the Navy Yard shooting was a tragedy, but I've got a death of my own to deal with." - member of my family.
- By distance, I am officially the 9th closest child of my father.
- Due to my father's passing, I moved most blog posts ahead a week. A particularly downer post, typed before 9/16, got moved several months ahead. I don't want to cause more concern to my readers (who I can count on one hand). I did move Constitution Day to 9/17 because, this Saturday, again, there will only be one post.
- The death of a relative gives one a meaningful opportunity to contemplate life. Including your own life expectancy, family relationships, end-of-life questions, etc.
- Dad loved us. I'm going to miss him.