George Pratt

Obituary of George Pratt

Following a brief illness, George A. Pratt, 65, of Vermillion Twp., was called home to his eternal resting place on Weds, November 17th, 2021. George was the youngest of eight children, born to the late Carl L. and Elizabeth (nee Yalik) Pratt. He entered this world on July 14, 1956 and grew up in Lorain with his brothers; Ernie (Stephanie) Pratt, Jim Pratt, and the late Carl Don Pratt, as well as his sisters; Connie (Bob) Mesko, Dorothy (Paul) Steffanik, Diane Olah and Julie (Ed) Kish. Though he left this earth too soon, George led a full and happy life filled with faith, family, laughs, and lots of love… and maybe a little bit of attitude, especially when his alter ego “Geo” kicked in! He was very generous with his time and was an active church member for many years in several locations including: Lagrange, Clarksfield, Brooklyn, Elyria and most recently, the Community for Better Living. He led many Bible studies, taught youth groups, preached the good word, and was a leader for Pathfinders. He also volunteered as a coach for his autistic daughter Kaitlynn’s special needs baseball team where he was lovingly referred to as “Choach.” While he loved the community, more than anything, George enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. Outside of his immediate family, many considered George a father figure, mentor, and generally the type of person who would offer help to anyone in need. Music was a lifelong passion for George and he was an accomplished musician. In his younger years, he was the lead singer and guitarist for a premier local band called ShadowFax which highlighted his talent, showmanship, and energy. Later in life he was an avid karaoke singer, where he would relive and channel the stardom of his ShadowFax days. Journey's “Separate Ways” was always a crowd favorite, which brought out his Alter Ego, Geo. He also wrote and recorded original music in the contemporary christian genre and blessed many people with praise and worship music at various churches. Aside from that, he led all the families happy birthday songs to ensure they wouldn’t be off tune. Anyone who knew George knows he was incredibly hard working, dedicated, and passionate. As a teenager, he took over his late father’s mower shop in order to support his mother while putting himself through college at LCCC. He obtained his Associate’s in Electrical Engineering and spent time in machine shops including Republic Steel and Reed Manufacturing. Later, he went into business for himself and opened a lawn mower shop out of his garage in Wellington. After years of being in blue collar, labor intensive jobs, he caught a break and found his forever work home at Absolute Machine Tools, where he spent the last 23 years. His infectious enthusiasm, extroverted personality, and ability to build great relationships helped him set many sales records. As a result, he was able to increase his income and create a better quality life for his family. George truly embodied our hard working region of Northeast Ohio and was the definition of what it is to be self made. George will live forever in the hearts of his wife of 42 years, Colleen (nee Kirkpatrick), sons; Aaron (Ashley), Chris (Melissa), and Nate (Jackie); daughters, Kaitlynn and Kayla, grandchildren; Adaliese, Anker, Jen, Landon, and Rylee, and his brothers, sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 1:00pm - 5:00 pm at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermillion, OH 44089. Funeral services will be Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Pastor Dean Cinquemani, and Rev. Dr., Charles R. Kirkpatrick, will co-officiate. Interment will follow at Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermillion. The family suggests memorial contributions go to Rising Sun Center in Wakeman, OH. http://risingsuncenters.com/ Online condolences can be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.
Sunday
21
November

Visitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Riddle Funeral Home
5345 South Street
Vermilion, Ohio, United States
Monday
22
November

Service Information

11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Monday, November 22, 2021
Riddle Funeral Home
5345 South Street
Vermilion, Ohio, United States

Interment Information

Brownhelm Cemetery
North Ridge Road & Sunnyside Road
Vermilion, Ohio, United States
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