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RICHARD PRATT Richard "Lefty" Pratt, former Kimberly-Clark executive, private pilot, respected golfer and a man who prided himself in "getting 15 years out of a pair of shoes", passed away suddenly, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at his retirement home in Boulder City. Richard grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Provisio High School, in Maywood, Ill. and Elmhurst College. He worked as a chemist for the Celotex Corporation in Baton Rouge, La., Elmhurst, Ill., and L'Anse, Mich. where he met and married Shirley DeMarr-Loman. Richard later worked for Kimberly-Clark at the Munising, Mich. mill and went on to become a mill manager at several other Kimberly-Clark locations including Stevens Point, Wis. and Carlisle, Pa. Richard took fashion cues from no one, but he gained your admiration and respect through his tenacity and intellectual curiosity for things many never do. Richard overcame what people call a "disability" (he was born with one arm) and threw the discus in high school and college, was a respected golfer and learned to fly. He actually gained FAA approval of a small wooded device he manufactured that allowed him to operate an aircraft's controls with his good left hand while maneuvering the stick with a right arm that ended just below the elbow. While they may not take him clothes shopping, no one who spent more than an hour with Richard ever considered him disabled. Richard was preceded in death by his wives, Shirley and Jean. He is survived by his daughter, Lori; son, Daniel; stepsons, Jeff, Ward and Doug; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private burial will take place at Glacier National Park. Donations in Richard's name may be made to: St. Jude's Ranch for Children, 200 Wilson Circle, Boulder City, NV 89005.
Published in Boulder City Review on May 25, 2017
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