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Robert E. Prunty

190313_F_Prunty, Robert obitRobert E. Prunty, 92, of Rapid City, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at St. Martin Good Samaritan nursing home.

Memorial Service will be 1:30pm, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD with Fr. Bill Zandri officiating.

Burial with military honors, will be 3:00pm, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis, SD

Robert E. Prunty son of, Earl and Hazel (Slocum) Prunty was born, December 28, 1926 in Rapid City, SD. Bob went to school in Rapid City, graduating from RC High School in 1945. He served in the US Navy. Following discharge from the Navy went to the SD School of Mines.  On June 5, 1948 he married Eleanor Ballenger in Rapid City. With her help (she got a PHT – Pushing Hubby Thru -Certificate), he graduated in May 1950 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Robert went to work as a design engineer for Oliver Corp., which subsequently became part of White Motor Corp. He always said the most enjoyable work was designing tractor parts and components and wound up as Vice President of Engineering and retired in December of 1987. Robert’s favorite times during those years was helping Eleanor raise three great boys and all that goes with that. He loved the boys’ activities along with family camping, fishing, skiing, golfing and traveling on various vacation trips all over the country. For retirement he and Eleanor went to beautiful Bella Vista, AR for more fishing, golfing and traveling. When they finally had to slow down in 2006, they decided to come back to the Black Hills to enjoy family, friends and the Hills. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008. Robert was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church.

Grateful for having shared Robert’s life are his wife of 70 years, Eleanor of Rapid City; three sons, Michael (Adrianne) Prunty of Rapid City, Richard Prunty of Wheaton, IL, William (Cindy), Bella Vista, AR; brother, William (Gigi) Prunty, Bozeman, MT; brother-in-law, Larry Engel, Olympia, WA and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carol of Olympia, WA.

Arrangements are with Kirk Funeral Home of Rapid City.