Arno Manley Pratt

July 29, 1914
- September 01, 2006

MILO - Arno Manley Pratt, 92, died peacefully Sept. 1, 2006, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born July 29, 1914, in Abbot, the son of George T. and Lillian (West) Pratt. He grew up in Derby and at the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served as staff sergeant with the Fourth Fighter Squadron, Third Air Commandos, serving a year overseas in New Guinea, Biak, Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Guam, Saipan, Hokkaido and Yokohama, Japan. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with four stars, the American Theatre Ribbon with one star and the Philippine Ribbon with one star. Upon discharge November 1945, he returned to Milo to work for the A&P and as a substitute mail carrier. In 1948, he bought the ATCO farm on Park Street and began dairy farming. In 1961, he added Shetland ponies to his farm. He not only raised and sold over 75 foals, he sold tack and offered pony rides to neighborhood children. He is survived by two sisters, Thelma West of Brownville and Leona Lord of Arlington, Va.; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Pratt of Nobleboro and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Louise Black and two brothers, Emery Pratt and Hugh Pratt, predeceased him. Since 1996, he had been lovingly cared for by his nephew, George West and his wife, Kathy, of Milo. He will be dearly missed by a special niece, Cheryl Lord of Middleburgh Heights, Ohio, who knew him as "Unk." The family also extends their thanks to the caring staff at the Maine Veterans' Home. After cremation, private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home, Milo.

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