Jeffrey Pratt, territory sales manager of the South Holland, Ill., branch of West Side Tractor, died unexpectedly Sept. 3, 2018. He was 53.
A West Side employee for 30 years, Mr. Pratt "provided that spark that made our South Holland branch a power house," the company's tribute on its Facebook page said.
West Side employees and members of the Benck family, owners West Side Tractor, recalled the "many great memories and lots of laughs" that filled their decades of friendship with Mr. Pratt.
"He really was part of the fabric of West Side for so many years that it's challenging right now to imagine a West Side without his presence," the tribute stated.
Mr. Pratt resided in Lake Village, Ind. He was a member of the Gary Masonic Lodge #677, the NRA, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a past member of St. Edward Catholic Church. He had a strong passion for the outdoors, tractors and hunting.
He is survived by his parents, Tim and Jeanette of Lowell; his children, Mallory of Lafayette and Kyle, husband of Crysta, of Nebraska, and their mother, Christine; his brother Greg and sister-in-law, Tracy, of Lowell; and his nieces, Lauren and Lindsey.
He also is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and special friend Cindy. He was preceded in death by his brother Doug.