Robert E. "Bo" Pratt
Robert E. "Bo" Pratt, passed away, Sunday, July 12, 2009. He was born in Columbus, on April 21,1924 and went to Columbus East High School, where he was active in varsity team sports.
He was a proud Army Air Corps flight crew veteran of WWII. He enlisted out of high school, and accomplished the feat of finishing his high school curriculum while he was completing his flight training. During the war, he was injured and it impacted him for the rest of his life. He was sent to a Veteran's Administration Hospital in Dayton, where he met his future wife Mary, who was a VA nurse.
After discharge, he attended Ohio State University. He resided in the Grandview and Bexley areas of greater Columbus and the later years of his life in the Thornville and New Lexington areas. He was a Catholic, whose faith gave him great comfort and solace through his hardship and illness and helped him be remorseful for his mistakes. He attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at Buckeye Lake, and St. Joseph's in Somerset. Earlier in his life, Bob was a member of the Shamrock Club of Columbus; he had a deep love of the Irish, and the Irish heritage in him. He was a current member of the VFW, DAV, and AmVets. He was in sales and marketing, and in later life, he was active in Veterans Affairs activities and causes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. and Rose E. Pratt; sisters, Roseanne Smith, Mary Jane Harris, Helen Van Dyke, and Rita J. Pratt; brothers, Bill Pratt. He is survived by his children, Roseann (Dr. Richard) Irizarry, Robert J. (Rita) Pratt, and Mary Diane (Mak) Karah; brothers, Thomas (Connie) and Joseph Pratt; sisters, Dorothy Downes, Patricia (Bill) White, and Connie (Sam) Ferroni; brother-in-law, M. H. VanDyke; sister-in-law, Patricia Pratt; former spouse, Mary Sirant Pratt; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Although he had an ailing heart, it was a kind heart -- friendly, and engaging. He cared about people and it was his wish, and will to help them. One way was to donate his remains to further medical science, and/or provide organs for transplants to those in need, and he encouraged others to do the same. He loved children, so in lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the National St. Jude's Children's Hospital. A memorial Mass will be held August 1, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, 6440 S. High St., Lockbourne, Ohio, with burial to follow immediately after the ceremony. He was a cancer survivor and special thanks are extended to the wonderful neighbors, friends, and staff members of the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, V. A. Office, and Veterans' support organizations who befriended, assisted, and cared for him during his illnesses and challenges. Dad, brother, uncle, cousin Robert, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Bob, "Bo", May the Road rise up to meet You, and may the Wind be at your back, And may the Lord always keep you in the palm of His hand… You are with God.