John Duane Pruett

Born: Tue., Jan. 2, 1934
Died: Sun., Jul. 16, 2017

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 14, 2018
Location: Russiaville United Methodist Church

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John Duane Pruett, age 83, left this world Sunday, July 16, 2017, from Ben Hur Memory Care Unit, Crawfordsville.  He was born January 2, 1934, in Sandford, to Kleon O. and Wilma Jewel Pruett.  On May 10, 1952, he married Patricia Sue Payne, who survives.

John was a 1951 graduate of Western High School in Russiaville.  A United States Air Force veteran (1951-1955), John trained and taught electronics and Radar Maintenance.  He worked for RCA on the Eastern Test Range in New Jersey, Alaska, Greenland, Florida, Trinidad, and on the ships Vandenberg and Mariner, using Radar Telemetry in support of early space flights.  He started BSA Troop #309 in Florida, and later became Scout Executive and Camp Director at Camp Barnhardt in North Carolina.  In 1974, he became the manager of Epworth Forest UMC Camp and Conference Center in North Webster.  From 1978 until retirement in 2002, he was Electronics Instructor, then Facilities Director at Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo.

John’s joy was camping with his wife Pat, their children and grandchildren.  He was talented in carpentry and built their home and several pieces of furniture.  He relaxed by playing piano and enjoying God’s beautiful creations in nature.  He was a member of the VFW, and St. Luke’s UMC in Kokomo, then Christ’s UMC in Crawfordsville where they moved in 2014 to live by daughter Elisha and husband Rodney near Ladoga.

In addition to his wife, Pat, John is survived by their children, Michael (Marian) Pruett of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Marcia Kelly of Carmel, Jewel Kilmer of Kokomo, Scott (Tammy) Pruett of Nashville, Tennessee, and Elisha (Rodney) McCulloh of Ladoga; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and half-sisters, Diane Helms and Elaine Nelson of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Pruett; and half-brother, Mark Helms.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00am at Russiaville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mike Dominick officiating. The church is where John and Pat met, attended, and were married by John’s step-father, the late Rev. Roy R. Helms. Contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Russiaville United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Stout & Son Funeral Home Russiaville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Messages of condolence may be expressed online at

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Peggy Hollingsworth
   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
Thinking of all of the generations of the Pruett and Helms families as you mourn the loss but celebrate the life that was lived to the fullest in John's life on earth. May you rejoice in the blessings you have all enjoyed through the years.

Cynthia (Oyler) Mullinix
   Posted Sun August 06, 2017
Dear Patty & family,
On behalf of your cousin Betty Johnson Oyler...Lowell Becky & I send our
sincere condolences to all of you during this difficult time.
May you all be lifted in prayer
Cynthia, Becky & Lowell

Jerry Koenig
   Posted Sat August 12, 2017
Condolences to the family of John, he was a really nice guy. I don't know the family but worked several years at Ivy Tech and I can tell you John practically kept the College running back in those days, he was very good at his job. I'm sure you all will have great memories that no one can take away from you.