GUYMON, Okla. – Dr. Robert L. Pracht, 78, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010.
He was born to Eula (Harrison) and Louis A. Pracht in western Kansas.
He married Rebecca “Becky” Fowler March 22, 1958, in Guymon. She survives.
He attended Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., and completed his pre-medical education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He graduated from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo., and completed his internship at the Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City.
He served more than 53 years as a family practice physician in Guymon and surrounding area. In 1957, he began practicing medicine in Guymon with the late Dr. W.D. McMurry. In 1960, the two built the existing McMurry Clinic in Guymon.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He served as President of the Panhandle District Association of Osteopathic Medicine and was a member at the state and national levels. He served the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Oklahoma State University as dean of medical education of the Panhandle District. In addition, he served numerous terms as chief of staff of Memorial Hospital of Texas County. In 1993, Dr. Pracht was honored with the Doctor of the Year Award for the State of Oklahoma.
He enjoyedfarming, ranching, hunting and raising and racing quarter horses.
Other survivors include one son, Thad Pracht and wife, Dean, San Diego; two daughters, Heidi Rogers, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Meganne Townsend and husband, Stanley, Mountain View, Ark.; one brother, Gilbert Pracht and wife, Bonnie, Akron, Iowa; one sister, Jennie and husband, M.R. Allen, The Woodlands, Texas; five grandchildren, Kellen Smith-Blue, Oklahoma City, Nicolas Smith and Whitney Pracht, both of San Diego, Weston Rogers, Coeur d’Alene, Catherine Townsend, London, England, and Caroline Townsend, Mountain View; one great-grandson, Christian Blue; one brother-in-law, Lee Fowler and wife, Betty, their daughter and Dr. Pracht’s goddaughter, Sarah Fowler, Guymon; and other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Leta Nebergall.
o Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 310 NW Seventh Street, Guymon, with the Rev. Deborah Hollifield presiding.
Burial will be at Elmhurst Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church Bell Tower Restoration Project, 310 Northwest 7th Street, Guymon, OK 73942-4239, www.fpcguymon.com and the Texas County YMCA Scholarship Fund, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306,