Burnham David Pratt, age 98 of Cadet, MO passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Potosi Manor. Burnham was born March 23, 1919 in Cadet, MO, a son of Columbus and Daisy (Boyer) Pratt.
Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Seabourne) Pratt. His children, Saundra (Ed) Sampson of Fenton, MO; Ronnie Pratt of Bonne Terre, MO; Richard Pratt of Cadet, MO; daughter-in-law, Paulette Pratt Pickett of Cadet, MO; grandchildren: Timothy (Andrea) Sampson, Kimberly (Steve) Wyatt, Talbot (Nadia) Pratt, Jared (Jenny) Pratt, Jennifer (Don) Eisele; five great-grandchildren; and, one brother, Clarence (Margie) Pratt of St. Louis, MO.
Burnham and Evelyn were married on November 27, 1943 on the Army Base in Tullahoma, TN. He served in the 98th Signal Corp Battalion as a lineman. He was deployed to New Guinea and served in the Philippine Islands and Japan. After the war, he and Evelyn purchased a home in Cadet where he lived until shortly before his death.
Burnham was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church and a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion and served on the Board of Directors for the Pam Dudley Center for 25 years. He also worked in the ARC as Treasurer and President.
Burnham worked for Midwest Mining Company which was purchased by Pfizer Corporation. He was a supervisor for 15 years and retired at the age of 54.
Burnham and Evelyn had five children; the youngest, Shelia, was born with Down syndrome. Shelia attended the Pam Dudley Center and Burnham spent many hours working on the Tootsie Roll Drive, the ARC and many other activities that benefitted Sheila and others.
Burnham was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Pratt; daughter, Shelia Pratt; his parents; three brothers: Herbert Pratt, Rolla Pratt and Herman Pratt; and, three sisters: Ellen Portell, Myrtle Goff and Delia Sprehe.
He loved to sing and play his guitar at family gatherings. He loved to tell stories. He enjoyed his garden, especially the many tomatoes and cucumbers that he attended to year after year. He worked very hard to provide for and support his family. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burnham will be greatly missed by all.
Visitation was held Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the Funeral Service at 12:30 PM with Father Tony Dattilo officiating at the Moore Funeral Home, Potosi, Missouri.
Final prayers and burial were in the St. Joachim Catholic Cemetery in Old Mines, Missouri where Burnham received full military honors consisting of a firing party, taps, folding and presentation of the American Flag. Honoring Burnham by serving as pallbearers were: Timothy Sampson, Jared Pratt, Talbot Pratt, Steve Wyatt, Ronnie Pratt and Richard Pratt.
Memorials in memory of Burnham are to be directed to the Pam Dudley Center at 10604 W. State Hwy E, Potosi, MO 63664.
Moore Funeral Homes was honored to have been selected to serve Burnham, his family and friends in their time of remembrance.