Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Laingsburg Chapel with Pastor Don Field officiating. Family will greet friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Jane Eisenhauer Scholarship Fund at Isabella Bank in Farwell, MI.
James was born on July 11, 1943 in Cohoctah, MI, the son of Vernon and Kathrine (Leach) Pratt. He was a graduate of Farwell High School. He was retired after 43 years as a cement truck driver, working for Boichot Ready Mix and Martin Block. On May 24, 1996 he married Jean Eisenhauer in St. Johns.
He is survived by his wife Jean, seven children; Vernon (Kristine) Pratt, John (Nichole) Pratt, Inamarie Pratt, James R.(Kristine) Pratt, Lawrence (Amanda) Bovan, Paul (Aileen Cohen) Bovan and Stephanie (Eric) Levey, 16 grandchildren, one great granddaughter, brothers and sisters; Fredrick (Elaine) Pratt, Beverly (Edwin) Rouse, Nancy (Larry) Schofield and John (Mary) Pratt. He was predeceased by two sisters; Joann McLaughlin and Marie Perry. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com