July 23, 1926 – Feb. 20, 2018
A private family service for Claude Pratt, 91, of Coos Bay, was held at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay March 23, 2018.
Claude was born July 23, 1926 in Springfield, to Claude and Ione (Healy) Pratt. He passed away Feb. 20, 2018 in Coos Bay.
Claude spent his childhood living in Fisher’s Camp at Marcola. He often reminisced about the many adventures that he and his friends enjoyed. He was a child of the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and saving. He started working at an early age picking hops and driving spikes for the railroad. He was a very good athlete and excelled as a center on his high school basketball team. After high school, Claude moved to Coos Bay with his parents and started working at Coos Bay Lumber, loading box cars and stacking lumber. It was there that he met his wife, Phyllis. They married after a brief courtship and spent 61 years together. During their life together, they enjoyed hunting, fishing, beach-combing and caring for their family.
Most of Claude’s work career was spent at Georgia-Pacific as a millwright. He was a kind and generous man, making sure that he provided for his family. He also had a love of animals, feeding any stray cat in the neighborhood and faithfully feeding the birds.
During his later years he was no longer able to be active due to a back injury he received working in the mill. Claude was an avid Oregon Ducks fan. He also looked forward to the weekly Bible study sessions in his home. He knew that he would be reunited with his beloved wife and looked forward to that day.
Claude is survived by his son, Gerald Pratt and wife, Kum-Yon of Coos Bay; daughter, Cindy Pratt of Langlois; brother-in-law and best friend, Archie Rackleff of Coos Bay; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; son, Larry; and grandson, Larry Jr.
Contributions in memory of Claude can be made to the Pacific Cove Humane Society, P.O. Box 361, North Bend, OR 97459.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.