Robert H. Pruitt Robert H. Pruitt, 98, of Topeka, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed. Born on May 31, 1916, Robert was one of nine children. Growing up during the Depression in Decatur, Alabama, he learned the value of hard work when he dropped out of school in the eighth grade to help support his family. He met the love of his life, Estelle, at a mutual friend s party. They eloped in 1937 and lived in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked for Montgomery Wards, before being transferred to Dayton, Ohio. During World War II he was recruited to work on the top-secret Norden bombsite and train flight crews with the 333rd Bombardment Group at Topeka Army Airfield, now Forbes Field. Later he owned a furniture store and then an appliance repair business, Pruitt Appliance Service. Robert was a man of many passions and talents. A long-time elder at Quivira Heights Church of Christ, he helped build the church and its congregation. While running a full-time business, he also was a professional photographer and accomplished wood worker, and he could fix anything mechanical. Most of all Robert loved his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife in 2013 after spending 76 years together. He is survived by his sister Catherine Marie Watkins of Decatur, Alabama; daughter, Sharon (Steve) Ink of San Jose, California; son Don (Barb) of Overland Park, Kansas; grandchildren Brian (Megan) Ink, Bethany Ink and Wes Powell; and great-granddaughters Cameron and Austyn Ink. Robert will lie in state from 3:00 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, 1321 SW 10th Ave., Topeka. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at Quivira Heights Church of Christ, 1718 SW Crest Dr., Topeka. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Quivira Heights Church of Christ or Topeka Presbyterian Manor. To leave the family a special message online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com. Robert H. Pruitt
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, 2014