BLOOMINGTON — The Rev. Donald Everett Pratt, of Bloomington, went to his eternal home at 4:22 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was 81.
A private memorial service will be held this week with Don’s friend and mentor, the Rev. C. Don Ferrill, officiating. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, when friends and family can safely come together to share fellowship and memories. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Don was born on November 26, 1938, in Palmyra, Ill., to Woodrow E. and Dorothy G. (Fetter) Pratt. He married Judy Welches on June 8, 1963, in Gary, Ind..
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years and three children, Julie (Ward) Workman, Normal; Donald E. Pratt (Dr. Stacey Barrenger), of Kent, Ohio; and JoAnn (Joe) Martin, of Wylie, Texas; five grandchildren, Will (Courtney) Moore, El Paso, Ill.; Libby and Connor Workman; and Jessica and Joshua Martin; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Wyatt Moore. He is also survived by one brother, Ronall Pratt, of Edwardsville, Ill.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Don graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1956, and after a career at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, he went on to graduate from Greenville College, in 1974, with a bachelor’s degree in Divinity, and then he entered the ministry. Don and Judy served at Methodist churches across central Illinois for the next 30 years. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
Don was an amateur radio enthusiast, had a life long passion for motorcycles and, in his youth, enjoyed flying airplanes. He was loved very much and will be missed even more.
In lieu of flowers, please send cards to Judy Pratt.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Preacher’s Aid and Benefit Fund (pasbf.org).
Condolences may be left at Calvert and Metzler Memorial Home (Bloomington) online at (www.calvertmemorial.com)