Russell W. Pratt, Sr., 76, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home. Born June 7, 1937, in Reed City, Mich., he was the son of John A. and Leola (Campbell) Pratt.
He served in the Army from 1956 to 1959 and married Heddy Dietrich on Jan. 30, 1960, in Ft. Wayne. They had lived in Churubusco before moving to St. James City in 1999. In July they moved back to Columbia City. He hauled milk from the farms to the dairy. He was a member of Wesley Chapel UMC in Churubusco. He was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. He was a pilot and also enjoyed deep sea fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Heddy; son, Russell W. (Chris) Pratt Jr. of Columbia City; daughters-in-law, Deb Pratt of Columbia City and Susan Pratt of Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Braden (Amanda) Pratt, Amber (David Sr.) Pressler, Tiffany (Adam) Oliver and Tadd (Jessica) Pratt; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Lynn and Ronald Pratt; sisters, Bernice Sweet and Valda Grein; and brother, Gordon Pratt.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m., at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with the funeral service starting at 7 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Pratt's memory to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.