OBITUARY - CLARK MILLS PRATT II
Clark Mills PRATT II was born on November 6, 1881, in Middle Fork Township, Ringold County, Iowa, the sixth of seven
children and first of two sons born to Levi Clark PRATT and Sarah (GOODALL) PRATT. He was a farmer and active
in the Hickory Grove Advent Christian Church, which his father had helped to organize.
He was married to Effie Mae MASDEN on August 14, 1907. About five years later he took his family
to Colorado, where they homesteaded near Boyero in Lincoln County. In early 1919 the family returned to Ringgold County,
where Clark farmed the rest of his life.
Clark was one of the founding fathers of the Advent Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa, not far from his last
farm to the northwest of the county seat. He served as a Deacon of the small congregation and as a Sunday School teacher.
In all things he was a pious, faithful person and committed disciple
of Jesus Christ and member of the Church.
In the spring of 1942, when he was 60 years old, Clark consented to have prostate surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Des
Moines. Pressured by the calendar and what he knew would be a period of inactive convalesence after his surgery, he felt
his fields needed to be plowed before he was hospitalized. Much of that job was done in the rain. Whether before or after
his surgery, he came down with pneumonia, unfortunately this was
just a few months before penicillin was made available to the civilian population.
Funeral services were held at the Hickory Grove Church and he was buried
near his parents in the cemetery behind the church. It was a day of heavy rain, with the church filled with family and
friends - and many people under umbrellas outside the meeting house. The burial, in the driving rain, was a muddy and
very emotional occasion for all concerned.
Children of Clark Mills and Effie Mae (MASDEN) CLARK:
1) Homer Clark PRATT, b. 05 May 1909, Ringgold Co. IA; d. 08 Feb 2004, Fairview CT
2) Vivian Dorothy PRATT, b. 29 Apr 1911, Ringgold Co. IA; d. 04 Oct 2001, Mount Ayr IA
3) Glenn Mills PRATT, b. 31 Oct 1914, Boyero CO; d. 01 Oct 1965, Des Moines IA
4) Etta Mae PRATT, b. 11 Apr 1917, Boyero CO
5) Meredith Paul PRATT, b. 01 Jun 1919; d. Mount Ayr IA
6) Robert Bruce PRATT, b. 26 Jul 1921, Ringgold Co. IA
7) Evelyn June PRATT, b. 06 Jun 1925, Ringgold Co. IA
8) Helen Louise PRATT, b. 30Jan 1928, Ringgold Co. IA
9) Doris Marguerite PRATT, twin, b. 26 Jul 1930, Ringgold Co. IA
10) Donald Marvin PRATT, twin, b. 26 Jul 1930, Ringgold Co. IA
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