Charles "Chop" Pratt, 88, Minot, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in a Minot medical center.
Chop was born July 6, 1924, at "The Branch" (railroad branch) at Maxbass, the son of Ernest and Myrtle (Klungness) Pratt. He had the nickname "Choppy" his whole life. He was reared and educated in Minot, attending Lincoln Elementary and graduating from Minot High School in 1942.
He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in Burma. He was honorably medical discharged in 1946 because of malaria. He returned to Minot and attended Minot State University and majored in English and history. He reenlisted in the Army during the Korean Conflict and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged upon father's death in 1953. Upon his discharge, he worked for Stanolind Oil as a surveyor.
He married Kathleen Mae Larson on June 26, 1954, at First Lutheran Church, Minot. They were blessed with four children, Debra, Leslie, Robert and Daniel. Over the years, he worked with Import Motors and Coldwell Banker.
Charles was baptized, confirmed and married at, and was a lifelong member of, First Lutheran Church, Minot. He had a strong faith, was very versed in the Bible, having read and studied the Bible throughout his life. Chop had a great sense of humor and loved to make witty one-line comments. He was a true gentleman with a very generous spirit and nature, who loved children and always cared and worried for his family.
Chop's hobbies were reading, writing in a journal every day, keeping up on current affairs, gardening in his younger years, going to "coffee" with his friends, time with family and studying the Bible. He was like a walking encyclopedia, retaining all the knowledge that he acquired over the years.
He lived through both of Minot's floods and was interviewed by and featured in National Geographic in May 1969. Their house had exploded. After the flood in 2011, they moved to Dickinson, and later to Brentmoor Assisted Living Center in Minot
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Pratt, mother, Myrtle (Klungness) Pratt; sister and brother-in-law, Alice Lorraine and Richard "Bud" Olson; brothers, Donald and Richard Pratt; son-in-law, Stanley Lozensky and brother-in-law, Ray Hampton.
Charles is survived by: his wife, Kathleen Pratt, Minot; children, Debra Lozensky, Dickinson, Leslie (Mike) Riepl, Bismarck, Robert (Sue) Pratt, Minot, and Daniel (Christy) Pratt, of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, Erika (Rob) Hamilton, Rachel Lozensky, Michelle Lozensky, Benjamin Riepl, Peter (Chelsey) Riepl, Mitchell Pratt and Alyssa Pratt; four great-grandchildren, Alice Hamilton, Matthew Hamilton, Kaylee Riepl and Keaton Riepl; siblings, Virginia Hampton, St. Cloud, Minn., James (Donna) Pratt, Seattle, Wash., and Gerald Pratt, Fargo; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral: Today, Dec. 13, 2012, at 11 a.m., in First Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Charles may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).