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John W. "Jack" Pray - 86

1/18/1934 - 11/2/2020

Clinton, IA

     John “Jack” William Pray age 86 of Clinton, passed away Monday November 2, 2020 at VA Central Iowa Health Care facility in Des Moines.  According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  No services are being planned at this time.  


     Jack was born on January 18, 1934, the son of John and Gladys (Steckman) Pray.  He graduated from Charlotte and joined the United States Navy.  Jack married Ellen Kettelsen and later married Judith Pray.  Judith died in 2018.  He worked in the feed house and later a pipefitter at ADM.  Most recently, Jack worked as a custodian at Ashford University.  Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling to Kansas, California and even Alaska.  He was a member of the Eagle’s Club.


     Jack is survived by a son Paul (Karen Muetzel) Pray of Clinton; daughter Christine (Chris) Rixen of Clinton; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister Gloria (Keith) Lowery of Kansas City, KS and brother Bob Pray of North Carolina.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Judy; brothers Dick and Howard Pray and a granddaughter Angie Cooper.    


According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. No services are being planned at this time.


  • shelley Kupfer

    4 weeks, 1 day ago

    Oh Paul !!! Im so sorry for ur loss!!! God bless my friend!!!
  • heather wagner

    4 weeks, 1 day ago

    so sorry for you loss. He was such a nice person.

  • Pat Boelk

    4 weeks ago

    I was privileged to work with Jack at Mt. St. Clare Speech and Hearing Center for five years.  Jack was a "jack of all trades" and all I had to do was suggest that I needed something to use with one of my clients and he would go about trying to make or adapt something to work. He was forever repairing items in our "toy closet".   Our early morning conversations between he and Judy and I were always filled with family news and Jack considered everyone who worked or was seen at Mt. St. Clare part of his "family".  Jack had a very inventive mind and a very caring heart;  and he will be greatly missed.  I am sorry for your loss.

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