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Ernest "Ernie" Pratt

October 1, 1925 ~ November 2, 2020 (age 95)


Service will be Live-Streamed via our website and Face Book Live




Ernest “Ernie” Pratt, age 95, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020, at a local care center. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Lt. Zac Zumwalt will officiate. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Tuesday by 9:30 a.m. for a prayer service. The service will be Live-Streamed via our web page and FaceBook Live.


Visitation will be prior to the service on Tuesday, beginning at 9:00 a.m.


Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD.


Ernest Pratt was born on October 1, 1925, to James and Rita (Johnson) Pratt in Portales, NM. His work included working at various gas stations, foundries and other odd jobs. He married Shirley Gabert on April 18, 1959, in Wichita, KS. The couple worked in the Wichita area, where Ernie was active in the Salvation Army. He also had studied to become a pastor in the Nazarene church. The couple worked in Peoria, IL, and later in Grand Forks, ND. In 1966, the couple moved to Watertown, SD, where Ernie continued to worked for the Salvation Army in various locations before settling back in Watertown. Ernie was a member of the Salvation Army, he enjoyed wood working, ceramic work, and tinkering with anything, including cars and remodeling his home.


Ernie is survived by his wife Shirley, of Watertown, SD; and his son, John Pratt, of Waverly, SD; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James; one daughter, Laura; his grandson, Austin Pratt; four brothers; and one sister.
















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November 10, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Crawford - Osthus Funeral Chapel (Watertown)

Private Services

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