Orville G. "Red" Pruett
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August 6, 1928
January 29, 2014
Orville "Red" Pruett passed away on January 29, 2014, at his home with members of his family around him. He was born on August 6, 1928 to Berta Carmen and Alfred Earl Pruett in Hunnington Park, California. Red, as he was known to everyone, worked for his father in the family owned trucking business for many years. Leaving that business, he opened the "Starroom Cocktail Lounge" in Downey, California and the "Rustic Room" in La Mirada, California. Following that he opened the highly successful gourmet restaurant called "The Edgebrook Inn" in Beuna Park, California. He then moved to Lake Tahoe and opened the "Velvet Hammer Bar" in the Round Hill shopping center at Zephyr Cove. Moving to Reno in 1970, he opened the "Alibi Lounge" on Casazza Drive. He loved his bar and went there everyday to oversee it's operation. Most of the patrons were his extended family and he looked forward to visiting them everyday. He loved his bartenders and felt they were the best in Reno. During the time he owned the Alibi Lounge he opened "The Cork Room" in Shopper's Square in 1971 until 1973. Additionally, many will remember "O.G's" restaurant on California Avenue, which he owned from 1985 to 1988.
Red is survived by his wife of 18 years, Patricia; son Steven Pruett and his wife Sandy; daughter Cynthia Coppola and her husband Louis, son Jeffrey Pruett and his daughter Linda Lee Fisher and her husband Robert. Red was a grandfather and great grandfather to ten children.
Red was a third degree Mason and member of the Golen Trowel #273 of the Norwalk Lodge in Los Angeles, California.
Red and his wife Pat loved to travel. Their favorites being San Francisco and Carmel-By-the-Sea. He will be so terribly missed by his family and friends. All who knew him will agree that an era has passed with his death. The Alibi will continue on with his memory, although it will never be the same without him.
Our gratitude and thanks to his many Doctors and to the Circle of Life Hospice, to which we are all indebted.
John Sparks Memorial
644 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 7, 2014