William Miller Pratt 1928 - 2009 Baldwin City

Memorial services for William Miller “Bill” Pratt, 81, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence. Cremation is planned.
Mr. Pratt died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Hospital in Topeka.
He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Oklahoma City, the son of Paul P. and Lillian E. King Pratt. He lived in Douglass and Wichita before moving to Ottawa and graduating from Ottawa High School in 1946. He later attended Ottawa University, where he played football.
He served in the Kansas National Guard for eight years during the Korean War.
Mr. Pratt worked as an automobile mechanic for his uncle, Ned Shull, at the Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Ottawa. He later worked in construction, and maintained a livestock operation. He was a member of the Elks, the Eagles, and the Douglas County Livestock Association, a 50-year member of the American Legion, and a past member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, the Abdallah Shrine, and the Kansas Livestock Association. He enjoyed family, fishing, hunting, television, baseball and Oreo cookies.
He married Doris Heffner on Nov. 4, 1950, in Worden. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Jay, Baldwin City; four grandchildren, Heather Pratt Bellows and Katlyn, Alexandra, and Jonathon Pratt, and their mother, Ann Pratt; a great-granddaughter, Faith Cloud; and a niece, DeeAnn Batiste.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Polly Price, and a brother, Dale Kershner.
The family will receive friends following the service.
The family suggests memorials to Heart of America Hospice or American Legion Post 228 Baseball in Baldwin City, sent in care of the funeral home.
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