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John B. "Jack" Pratt Sr.

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Commander John B. "Jack" Pratt, Sr.

WHITE HALL - CMDR. John Biggs "Jack" Pratt, Sr., age 89 of White Hall, died Sunday, October 14, 2012 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born December 17, 1922 at White Hall, the son of Paul L. and Florence A. Biggs Pratt, Sr. He married Kathleen Ruth Turnbaugh on October 23, 1949 in Johnstown, PA. She preceded him in death on January 16, 1994.

Surviving are five sons, Kevin P. (wife Rhonda) Pratt of Springfield, Alan S. (wife Veronica) Pratt of Jacksonville, Robert M. Pratt of Jacksonville, Timothy T. Pratt of Springfield, and James R. (wife Allison) Pratt of Jacksonville. He has eight grandchildren, Christy (Karl) Warcup, Shannan Welch, Shane (Christy Stephan) Pratt, Dawn (Jason) May, Cara (David) Fleming, Lisa Pratt, Mitchell Pratt, and Gabriel Pratt, along with seven great grandchildren, Kendall, Kassidi, Kirstyn, Kaitlyn, Tyler, Kate, and Cole. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, a daughter Kathleen Danette Pratt, a son John B. Pratt, Jr., and two brothers, Richard Pratt, and Paul L. Pratt, Jr.

Jack was a 1940 graduate of White Hall High School and a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville. He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator carrier pilot, flying in three wars, and obtaining the rank of Commander. He served his country for 27 years, retiring in 1969. He then attended law school at the University of Louisville, graduating in 1971. He practiced law in White Hall from 1971 until retiring in 1997. He served as assistant state's attorney for a year in Greene County, and had been the attorney for several cities and township governments in the area. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Jack was a member of the White Hall Masonic Lodge #80, and was a Scottish Rite, and York Rite Mason. He was a member of the Ansar Shrine in Springfield, and the Rasna Shrine of Jacksonville. He also was a member of Eastern Star.

He was active in the White Hall Lions Club, and was a member of the White Hall V.F.W. Post 7684, and the White Hall American Legion Post. He had served on the Pathway Services Advisory Board for many years. Jack was an active member and Elder of the White Hall Christian Church, and taught the Men's Sunday School Class for 35 years. He was an avid Cardinal baseball fan. He was proud of his service to his country and to his active service in his community, both locally, and the communities he lived in during his military career.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the White Hall Christian Church, with burial at the White Hall Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Pathway Services, or Shriners Hospital. Condolences may be left on-line at www.airsman-hires.com.

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