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Erie Times-News (PA) - May 13, 2004

CONNEAUT, Ohio - Walter J. Pratt, 58, of Conneaut, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in Moab, Utah.

He was born Aug. 29, 1945, in Lake Charles, LA, son of Roy B. Pratt Sr. of Conneaut and Marjorie Switzer Hampton of Conneaut.

He worked as a consultant for CACI Field Services from 1988 to 1993. A 1963 graduate of Rowe High School in Conneaut, he attended the University of Southern Mississippi.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and completed several submarine tours. He retired with the rank of commander.

He was an advocate for those overcoming alcohol and tobacco addictions. He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially traveling throughout North America in his recreation vehicle and exploring and preserving Native American ruins.

He also enjoyed fishing, hiking, boating and the companionship of his pet dogs.

Survivors include his stepmother, Bertha Pratt of Conneaut; a daughter, Stacey Pratt Phillips of Cherry Valley, Mass.; a brother, Roy B. Pratt Jr. and his wife, Dixie, of Conneaut; two sisters, Robin L. Whitely and her husband, Jim, of Short Hills, N.J., and Rebecca Priest of Canton, Ohio; and six nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut. A service will be held there Saturday at 10:30 a.m., officiated by the Rev. Walter Coy of United Church of Christ.

Burial, with military honors, will be at Glenwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Friends of Conneaut Creek or the Animal Protective League in care of the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, OH 44030.

 

 

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