Robert Philip “Bob” PrattLt. Col. U.S. Army (Ret.)Bob Pratt left the bounds of Earth on October 9, 2022. But his spirit lives on forever. Robert Philip Pratt was born on March 5, 1947 to …
Robert Philip “Bob” Pratt
Lt. Col. U.S. Army (Ret.)
Bob Pratt left the bounds of Earth on October 9, 2022. But his spirit lives on forever. Robert Philip Pratt was born on March 5, 1947 to Robert Wilson and Angelina Conti Pratt in Montpelier, Vermont. Bob grew up in the green mountains of Vermont where he honed his independent nature and work ethic. He was the older brother to Cynthia and Richard. Bob graduated from Montpelier High School and accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Upon graduation in 1969 he began duty in Crailsheim, Germany. There he quickly advanced to the rank of Captain and became a Battery Commander. He also met a schoolteacher from Kansas. On December 29, 1972, Bob married Jeanette Mack in Linn, Kansas. They have two children; Robert Holbrook Mack Pratt and Melissa Angelene Pratt Jimenez.
Bob continued his military career attending the University of California, Berkeley to get his Master of Science in Engineering degree. He returned to West Point to teach geology. He was an instructor, assistant professor and Associate Professor while at the Academy. He also served as an adult leader in academic and athletic student activities. This included coaching the national championship team in Orienteering. He proudly served on active duty from 1969 to 1981. At that time, he joined the Reserves and retired in 1997 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Bob and Jeanette moved around the country living in California, New York, and Oklahoma before moving to Texas in 1982 when Bob joined Mobil Oil Company as a geological engineer. With Mobil Bob was a production foreman, operations engineer supervisor, and project manager. The family lived in Midland, Snyder, and Andrews, Texas. Bob managed both the Snyder and Andrews offices. In these capacities, he managed many programs, millions of dollars, and many employees, as well as developing new programs. His passion was working with and developing the talents of others.
Upon retiring from the oil field in 2012, Bob, a workaholic, needed a new career. He became a real estate broker and joined Coldwell Banker in Katy. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people, working with clients, and mentoring other agents.
Poor health dominated the last few years of his life, but Bob always enjoyed sports, especially soccer. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and followed Katy High football. He had a wonderful sense of humor that was evident to all those who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Jeanette Pratt of Katy, TX; son,
Robert Pratt of Katy; daughter Melissa and her husband Lee Jimenez of Richmond, Texas; sister, Cynthia Millard and her husband Robert of Newport News, Virginia; brother, Richard Pratt and wife Anne of Jericho, Vermont; and numerous other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Angie Pratt, his niece, Michelle Millard Bunch, and nephew, Christopher Pratt.
A celebration of life and visitation with the family was held at the Schmidt Funeral Home East Avenue Chapel in Katy. A graveside funeral service with full military honors was held at the Houston National Cemetery on Wednesday November 2, 2022.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that contributions may be made to the COPD foundation, 3300 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. Miami, FL 33134 or to West Point AOG, 698 Mills Rd. West Point, NY 10996 for Orienteering Team Club Fund, or a charity of your choice in Bob’s name.
Bob Pratt was a people person who believed the purpose of life is not necessarily to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to have made some difference that you lived. He did.
Funeral services held under the direction of
Schmidt Funeral Home
1508 East Avenue ~ Katy, Texas 77493 ~ (281) 391-2424