Loyd Oliver Pracht was born Dec. 8, 1931, to Oliver and Alma Pracht of Berwyn. Loyd passed into the loving hands of our Heavenly Father April 10, 2014, at the age of 82.
Loyd received Christ as his Savior early in his life. He recommitted his faith and life to the Lord, after his father's (Oliver Pracht) death. He honored the Lord by showing Christ's love and teaching his children to share the love of Christ by what he did for those around him. Loyd was a man who dearly loved his family, and enjoyed his grandchildren, as well as his great grandchildren.
Loyd was a good businessman, operating his own business, Loyd's Auto Service in Broken Bow. Being a mechanic, he took great pride in his work and helping each customer in his own way. He provided car sales and wrecker services, which he took great pleasure in doing.
Loyd was raised on the family farm of his parents near Berwyn. In April 1953, Loyd was drafted into the U.S. Army, during the Korean War. Loyd attended basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and then was transferred to Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. Loyd was honorably discharged in April 1955.
Loyd met the love of his life, Esther Pirnie at an early age. In 1954, Loyd was in Colorado Springs, attending basic training. He had been corresponding by mail with Esther for some time. Esther had family in Idaho and stopped to see Loyd on the way. April 1, 1954, Loyd proposed to Esther in the Garden of the Gods. They were married April 27, 1954.
Loyd attended Trade School at Milford, pursuing his interests in auto mechanics. This education was used and applied almost to the end of his life. He ran his own business for more than 45 years. He greatly enjoyed doing business with his numerous customers.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Esther Pracht. Loyd and Esther were blessed with four daughters: Twila Bradford, Pharr, Texas; Brenda Penny, Broken Bow; Bonnie Woolsey, Gering; and Connie Johnson, Mason City. Loyd and Esther enjoyed his 13 grandchildren and six precious great- grandchildren. God blessed the family with an earthly angel, which became an adopted family member, Brenda Brandt. Loyd leaves behind his deeply loved family members: two sisters, Erma Douglas and Norma Curtis, and brother, Howard Pracht.
Loyd was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Alma Pracht; his sister, Donna Mae Skinner; and his two sons -in- law, Marvin Penny and Daniel Bradford.
Funeral services are Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10 am at the Berean Fund-amental Church located at 814 South 7th Ave. , Broken Bow. Pastor Larry DeMoss will be officiating, with burial services at the Broken Bow Cemetery. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Custer County Chief, April 17, 2014