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Howard D. Pruett

Howard D. Pruett, 80, rural Oquawka, died at 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in his home.

He was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Victoria, the son of Leo and Alice (Nelson) Pruett. He married Rosalea M. Thorell on Aug. 21, 1949, in Knoxville. She survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Pamela (Roger) Eagle, Knoxville, and Peggy Link, Oquawka; two brothers, Wilbur (Barbara) Pruett, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Dale (Pat) Pruett, Cameron; one sister, Darlene (Jack) Kinslow, Stronghurst; three grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Rodney Link.

He was reared and educated in Knoxville, where he attended local schools and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1942.

He served in the Army from 1945 to 1947 during World War II.

He was a farmer for 56 years. He farmed near Abingdon for 19 years, and then moved to the family farm near Oquawka in 1969, retiring in 2004.

He was a member of the Bald Bluff and Spoon River Antique Club and the Henderson County Historical Society, and served currently as the Drain District Commissioner in Drainage District 3 for the past 35 years.

He was a member of the Rozetta Baptist Church and Harry Philblad Post of the American Legion.

He loved gas engines and antique tractors, which he enjoyed restoring. He enjoyed attending tractor pulls, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.

Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, at Turnbull Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Bennett officiating.

Burial was in Knoxville Cemetery, with military honors conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.

Memorials may be made to Blessing Hospice or the Rozetta Baptist Church.

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