Obituary: Ronald Dean Pracht

Ronald Dean Pracht, 75, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Robert D. Dole Medical Center in Wichita.

Ronald was born on Sept. 5, 1941, in Marion to Roland and Myrtle (Fox) Pracht.

Ron served his country from 1962 to 1964 where he was a crew chief for the U.S. Army in El Paso, Texas. He married Ruth Shaffer on August 4, 1972. They were married for forty four years prior to his death.

Ron loved people and knew no stranger. He was very mischievous and loved fishing, hiking and camping. He loved taking his grandchildren to Braum’s and was a big fan of Elvis Presley’s music. He was an avid Kansas State University Wildcat fan and a long-term member of the East Side United Methodist Church in Newton. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; children and spouses: Fran and Kliff Siemens, Daina and Bruce Harr, Lora and Ken Voth, Mona and Tim Tobin, and Matt Pracht; sister Bonnie and Larry Brickhouse; 13 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Myrtle Pracht; sister, Bonnie Brickhouse; stepfather, Abram Thut; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, at East Side United Methodist Church in Newton. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Council Grove Cemetery.

A memorial has been set up for the Eastside United Methodist Church, 1520 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.