Pratt, Dale Lewis, Burt, Michigan

Passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Covenant Healthcare after a courageous battle with cancer. Dale was born in Alma, Michigan June 19, 1946 the oldest son of Arlo “Pete” and Gladys (Hopkins) Pratt. He graduated from Merrill High School in 1964. On November 19, 1966 he married Bonnie Stoneman. Dale had been employed by General Motors for 30 years, retiring in August, 2000. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Taymouth, Birch Run, Michigan. After retirement, Dale got his builders license. He loved working with his hands. He built the home he shared with his wife as well as the home of their daughter and her family. Dale also loved working on his cars, whether it was mechanical work or body work. Dale’s other passion was restoring Mopars. His pole barn was his second home where he enjoyed listening to his music while working on cars, building things from wood for his wife, family members or friends. Being a Papa to his grandchildren was also very dear to him. He loved to attend their school and sporting events, even the out-of-door hockey games. Dale is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his daughter, Kara (Steve) Damm, Burt, Michigan and his son, Kyle Pratt, Lansing, Michigan; six grandchildren, Brenden Pratt, Devon Pratt, Matthew Pratt, Kadence Damm, Seth Damm and Levi Pratt; two step-grandchildren, Joe Damm and Cierra Damm; his mother, Gladys Pratt, St. Charles, MI; two brothers, Jerry (Paula) Pratt, Mt. Pleasant, MI and Dan Pratt, St. Charles, MI; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Jim and Kathy, Floyd, Mike and Deni. He was predeceased by his father, Arlo (Pete) Pratt. The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at W. L. Case & Company, Merrill, Michigan. Rev. Ted McCulloch will officiate with burial in Lakefield Township Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel on Tuesday from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider the First Presbyterian Church of Taymouth, Birch Run, MI or the American Cancer Society.