Dr. Theodore (Ted) Beeks Pratt, 99, passed on July 14, 2021, in Ft. Collins, CO. He was born August 13, 1921, third child of Rev. and Mrs. A. Alden Pratt in Pasadena, CA. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Tapp, brother James Alden Pratt, first wife Marion Hart Pratt, and second wife Sheila Clark Pratt. He is survived by his three daughters, Jennifer French, Melinda Swenson, and Kathleen Rautenstraus and spouses; as well as grandchildren Michael Maestas, Laura Simpkinson, Audrey Swenson, and Melody Rautenstraus and their families, nieces and nephews, Sheila’s family, and a worldwide collection of friends.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time Zone, on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1709 West Elizabeth Street in Ft. Collins. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the church. The service will be livestreamed. On the day of the service, go to vesseyfuneralservice.com. Ted’s obituary will include a link to the livestream.
Ted remarked that witnessing nearly 100 years of life was an incredible blessing. He often shared that his family, faith, and friends were central in his life. He grew up in Ohio and lived in ten states. He worked in publications, information, and editing most of his life – both in educational and religious settings, including an Information Officer for the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, traveling through western Europe and reporting through stories and photos how Protestants in America were helping Europe’s ten million refugees.
Ted earned his BA from Maryville College (TN), an MA from Ohio State, and a PhD from Syracuse (NY) University. He moved to Ft. Collins in 2003 after 13 years of happy retirement in Black Mountain, NC. He had a keen interest in a variety of pursuits: travel (most of Western Europe, a bit of Russia, Kenya, Scandinavia, Mexico, and Canada), photography, sports, music, the great outdoors, and intentional Christian communities in the USA and Europe.
He was involved in peacemaking as a member of Veterans for Peace after serving as an infantry combat officer in WWII in Europe, as well as interfaith efforts. He was active at Westminster Presbyterian Church and at the Senior Center where he swam regularly and participated in many programs. In 2016 he went to Washington DC on the Northern Colorado Veterans Honor Flight.
Ted/Dad/Grandad was known to his family for his impish grin which raised his bushy eyebrows, and the multi-colored tam hats that always stylishly matched his attire. He loved trying out new restaurants and sharing desserts, sometimes pretending to stab a dinner companion with a fork to get the last bite! A relentless chronicler of life, he leaves behind over 100 scrapbooks about his adventures spanning the century. He seldom complained, even in the last couple of years, which presented several health challenges.
He was greatly loved and will be missed. And Ted would want everyone to know that he will miss them, too.
In place of sending flowers, family and friends may consider donating in Ted’s honor to his church, Westminster Presbyterian https://www.westpresftc.com/ in Fort Collins, CO, to Veterans for Peace https://www.veteransforpeace.org/ .
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