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Robert Larry Pratt was the son of Glenn Mills and Dorothy Keplinger Pratt. He was born on November 16, 1939 at the maternal family farm in Maloy, Iowa. Surrounded by his loving family, and at home, he passed away peacefully on February 28, 2017 in Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Larry attended grade school in Delphos Iowa before moving to Mount Ayr where he graduated High School in the class of 1958. In 1959, he was married to Karen Kay Watson. Of this union was born three sons, Randall Alan, Rick Allan and Robert Allen. In February 1965, Larry entered Northwest Missouri State College, where he graduated in 1968 with a degree in Biology. That same year, his young family moved to Ames, Iowa where Larry later earned a Masters degree in microbiology from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, he was employed with Becton Dickenson Corporation. During Larry's tenure there, he and his family relocated to Holdredge Nebraska, Raleigh N.C., West Milford N.J. and Fallston Maryland. In 1992, Larry took a position with W. L. Gore in Flagstaff, Arizona and remained there until he retired in 2003. Despite his professional achievements he was proudest to say "I'm just a farm boy from Iowa".
Upon retirement, Larry and Kay re-located to Sun Lakes, Arizona to be near family. Larry especially enjoyed his retirement years as he was able to play golf with his brother Marvin daily. In 2005, they purchased Kay's family home in Diagonal Iowa and enjoyed summering there with family. Larry had a passion for sports, with "March Madness" being his favorite time of year. Larry loved professional and college football, professional golf and college basketball. Throughout his life he remained loyal to the Kansas City Chiefs. His greatest joy was being able to attend games with his sons. In his youth, family would gather at Uncle Ralphs on Sunday afternoons for a spirited game of football, basketball or softball with the children against the "old men". They continued the spirited tradition with the children now being the "old men" playing against his sons, nieces and nephews. In retirement Larry has enjoyed watching his great nieces and nephews participate in sports and spending time with family.
Larry was preceded in death by both parents, and his sons Randall and Robert.
He is survived by his wife Karen Kay, son Rick Allan (Claire) and his siblings Marvin Glenn and Charlene Sue Greene; Along with his Grandchildren Jason Randall Pratt (Jamie), Jennifer Ann Pratt Haywood (Andrew), Emily Kay Pratt, Bryan Babb, Allison Babb Rinkert (James) and great granddaughter, Dylann Pratt. Larry will also be missed by many aunts, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-laws and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Diagonal on Saturday, March 11, 2017, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the United Church of Diagonal – Diagonal, Iowa
Officiant: Rev. Ed Shields
Burial: Diagonal Cemetery - at a later date
Memorials: United Church of Diagonal
We are sorry to learn of Larry's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Mar 8 2017 12:00 AM
Family friend for a lifetime. Had several memories that stood out but have already passed them on to the family. Just want the family to know I will not be able to attend services on Saturday, but will be with them in spirit. May God hold you all in his hands and bless you with peace.
Donna Jones Mar 7 2017 12:00 AM