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  • Written Jul 8, 2010 12:12pm


    Todd R. “Sunny” Pruett, age 49, of West Bend, passed away with his loving family by his side on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at V.A. Puget Sound Medical Center in Seattle, Washington after a courageous battle with MDS. With no fear, his journey and life work continue on in heaven with his mother and other loved ones by his side.

    He was born on August 11, 1960 in Appleton, WI to Richard and Bernadine (Nee Brockman) Pruett and moved to West Bend at an early age with his family. Todd graduated from West Bend East High School in the class of 1979. He then attended Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina on a baseball scholarship and then UW-Oshkosh where he played baseball and football. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Upon his honorable discharge from the military he rejoined the family business, Pruett’s Floor Covering in Saukville. He later worked as a sales executive for Guaranteed Screen Printing in West Bend, and was presently working as a senior sales consultant/project manager for JT Roofing of Saukville.

    On September 3, 1989, Todd was united in marriage to Patrice Lynn Andrews at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Bend. They purchased his parents’ home in West Bend where they spent the years raising their family. Todd found joy in maintaining an immaculate yard and caring for his Irish Setter.

    Todd was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, American Legion Lt. Ray Dickop Post #36, and the Loyal Order of the Moose Wytheville, VA Post.

    His passion in life was for athletics, especially, baseball. He lettered in four different sports while in High School where he also earned a State record in baseball for pitching three “no hitters” in a single season. Todd’s passion continued by coaching youth baseball, football, wrestling while always lending a helping hand to anyone in need, especially the youth of our community.

    Todd is survived by his wife, Patrice; four sons, Tanner, Trevor and Turner Pruett and Brandon Spaeth; father, Richard Pruett of West Bend; two sisters, Jodi (Frank) Micale of Neenah and Maurie (David) Osgood of West Bend; two brothers, Tim (Donna Techel) Pruett of Slinger and Jay Pruett of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many close loving friends. Todd was preceded in death by his mother Bernadine “Bernie” Pruett; mother-in-law, Doris Andrews; other uncles and aunts. Funeral services in remembrance of Todd will be held on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1044 Silverbrook Drive, West Bend. Rev. Pamela Marolla will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 4:00 pm until the time of the service. Entombment in Washington County Memorial Park will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 am with family and friends meeting at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church by 10:30 am. Memorials to the family or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church are appreciated.

    The family would like to extend a special thanks to our church family, the doctors and nurses of the VA Puget Sound Medical Center, and to his very dear friend and caregiver, Don Benvenuto and family. We would also invite those who wish to share their stories or leave a memory of Todd to do so at www.caringbridge.org/visit/toddpruett.




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  • Written Jul 4, 2010 6:19pm

    I have written on this journal for many a while. I have tried to explain and tell the story of what Todd has gone through. Now I must pass on the news that the new story he will tell I cannot help with. Our dear friend Todd has passed on. Lets not be sad , but happy that he will no longer have to bear the pain that has brought this to this end. I know that everyone will look after the family as Todd would yours. Personally I would sincerely like to thank my friend for allowing me to serve his needs and to be apart of his life even though it was for only 5 1/2 years. The times and stories we have endured will be memories to last me until I see him again. Todd was more than a friend , and the joy he brought me was sometimes enough to make me cry. I will miss him and for the last time, Todd I thank you for being my friend and I have no regrets  I would start this journey with you all over from the start again.
    God Bless ,
  • Written Jul 4, 2010 2:24pm

    I just want to inform everyone that Todd has been removed from the ventilator. His family is by his side and will be there to ensure he is not alone in his passing. He is very comfortable and and is in no pain. I have done these measures per Todd's wishes and hope and pray the good lord takes him home quickly. I personally want to thank every person who has put a dollar, a prayer, a kind thought into this journey on behalf of our dear Friend , father, and sibling. Todd truly has a support system like no other and we talked about it a lot. Rest assure he knows how much love came his way. Now we must all be happy for Todd on his next journey. We will all have memories that will last us all a life time and we all know we will meet with him again. It has been an honor to write these journals  and by the responses I have done Todd proud. Thank you and God bless

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