He was born on January 5, 1938, to the late Violet and Roland Pratt, Sr in Surry. Dick graduated from Keene High School in 1956 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country in the Korean War.
In 1966, Dick married Phyllis A Perkins at a simple service in Troy, and had shared 57 years together.
Following Dick’s tour in the Air Force, he continued to serve the public wearing many hats. In 1967 he started his own contracting business, building & roofing many area homes and businesses. He & Phyllis found, moved & installed the diner car, and opened The Mt. Pisgah Diner in 1975 on Main Street in Winchester. In between flipping eggs, Dick managed a government mail route as a US Mail Contractor and also started a rubbish removal business in Winchester & the surrounding areas. He never really retired; always offering up his help at the car lot, running errands, and driving to job sites checking up on his son & grandson making sure they were pulling their weight.
With the little free time that Dick did have, he enjoyed throwing horseshoes and BBQs with his friends on Lovely Lane, duck hunting and fishing, tending his vegetable gardens, and going on long, back road drives with his wife and his dogs. He loved his sweets and sharing a cold beer with his friends at the Winchester VFW. He was also a member of the Elks Club in Brattleboro, the Winchester Kiwanis, and the Eagles Club in Keene.
Mr. Pratt is survived by his wife, Phyllis Pratt of Winchester, their children Richard Pratt, Jr. and his wife Sara of Winchester, Ross A. Wilder, and his significant other Sharon Roy of Winchester. He also is survived by his grandchildren Bradley Pratt, Brittany Senn, Reilly Pratt, Olivia Pratt & Jonathan Burbee along with five great-grandchildren. Dick is also survived by five daughters, Kathy, Anna, Denise, Diane, and Edie, from a previous relationship. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Roland Pratt, Jr. and Jack Pratt.
Calling hours will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the Cheshire Family Funeral Home, 46 S Winchester St, Swanze, NH. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Dick’s Life on Thursday, September 14, 2023, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with military honors at 6:30 pm at Tempesta’s Restaurant, 401 Winchester St, Keene, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to The Monadnock Humane Society. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, Swanzey. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com