Morris W. Pratt, 94 of Hobart, passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, March 26, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Faith (nee Kaminsky); loving father of David (Connie) Pratt, fond father-in-law of George Stout; dear step-dad of Benedict (Patricia) Tumidalsky and Robert (Madge) Tumidalsky; cherished grandfather of Kathy (Rodney) Reed, Michael (Becky) Stout, Kevin Stout, Tony (Daniella) Wilson, Ben (fiancée, Brittany) Tumidalsky, Jennifer Hilleman and Robert Tumidalsky; adoring great grandpa of Brianna, Charlotte, Emma, Nora and Robert; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Kathleen “Kay” (Shoemaker) Pratt in 1991, his daughter, Susan Stout, grandson, George Stout, Jr. and a sister, Waunita Griswold.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10:00am at the First Christian Church of Hessville, 6733 Alabama Ave., Hammond, with Minister, Daniel L. Nichols, officiating; entombment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville; visitation at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting, on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00pm and at the church on Friday morning from 9:00am to time of services.
Morris Pratt was born on June 19, 1923 in Hammond, Indiana to Charles and Eva Pratt and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Hessville and was a US Army Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of sergeant. Morris was the recipient of the Purple Heart and two bronze stars. He was a member of the American Legion, Allied Post 369 of East Chicago, the Hammond FOP Lodge 51, the Orak Shrine of Michigan City, the F.& A.M. Garfield Lodge, Hammond and was a 33rd Degree Mason. Morris loved classic cars and was a member of the Tri-Chevy Car Club and the Studebaker Drivers Club. He received his Master Gardener Certificate from Purdue University Calumet and was a volunteer for the Red Coats at Community Hospital, Munster and Meals On Wheels. He was a retired officer of the Hammond Police Dept. attaining the rank of Lieutenant with a service of 20 years and was a retiree of the Inland Steel Co., East Chicago, plant protection (captain) with a service of 15 years. A devoted husband, father and grandpa, Morris will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Hammond FOP Lodge 51 or to Meals on Wheels, would be appreciated.