Jeffrey Pratt, Sales Manager at West Side Tractor, Dies at 53

Wed October 31, 2018 - Midwest Edition #22

Jeffrey Pratt
Jeffrey Pratt
Jeffrey Pratt Mr. Pratt and his son, Kyle, on a hunting trip. Mr. Pratt (R), gives a tour of West Side Tractor’s new South Holland, Ill., facility to Herman (L) and John Biesen, both of Biesen Excavating Inc., in 2014. Mr. Pratt (L) helps West Side Tractor Sales host the 4th Annual Fun Shoot in Wheatfield, Ind., in 2007. (L-R): Mr. Pratt with John Grimmer and Dan Grimmer of Grimmer Construction in 2014. Mr. Pratt (R) presents a customer with the John Deere Gold Key Plaque at the John Deere Davenport works plant in Davenport, Iowa, in 2004.

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.


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