Dear Class of 1966:
This is a Deacon Alert to inform you of the passing of your classmate, Gregory Pratschner ('66) on May 14th.
Gregory Arden "Greg" Pratschner was born January 20, 1948, to Fern (Yetterboe) Pratschner and Francis Victor Pratschner in Kulm, North Dakota.
He attended schools there until 1962, when the family moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Greg attended Cardinal Muench Minor Seminary until 1964. He then transferred to Shanley High School, where he graduated in 1966.
After enrolling at North Dakota State University, Greg realized he wasn't ready for college and joined the Army with a friend.
After basic training and advanced training in artillery, Greg became the driver for a colonel at Fort Bliss, Texas. He hated the job and volunteered for Vietnam in July 1967.
He entered combat in September 1967. He earned many medals, including a Purple Heart.
After the military, Greg met Jean Meyers, a medical technologist. In June 1970, they were married and then traveled all over this country.
Greg attended the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Science in fisheries and marine biology, and a Master of Science in Pacific salmon genetics.
He worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 35 years in many places around the country.
They have two sons, Scott Meyers Pratschner (wife Stacie Nored) of Bellingham, Washington, and Luke Gregory Pratschner of Bernalillo, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his father, Francis, in 1997 and his mother, Fern, in 2005.
Any gifts or donations should be sent to the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment's Veterans of Vietnam & Cambodia, my brothers (www.11thcavnam.com).
Service of celebration: Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 North Fifth Ave, Sequim.
The celebration of life will be Saturday, July 16, in Fargo, N.D. Arrangements by Neptune Society.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 19, 2016
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