Dean grew up and attended school in the Willow Springs area. He was united in marriage to Judy Parker on May 21, 1966 in Willow Springs. Two children were born to this union. For the past six years, Dean and Judy have made their home in Mtn. Grove on Davis Drive.
Dean enjoyed farm life. He liked working on his farm and buying and selling farm equipment. He enjoyed being outdoors, moose hunting in Alaska, elk hunting in Colorado, bass fishing and hog hunting in Florida, and deer and turkey hunting in Missouri. He greatly enjoyed getting together with his family and friends for fish fries.
In his younger years, he liked to participate in rodeos, fly model airplanes, and he was also a small aircraft pilot.
Dean was a kind and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He enjoyed the time he spent with his family and will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Pruitt and Richard Pruitt, both from Willow Springs; two sisters, Ivah Meier and husband Frank from Dayton, Ohio, and Georgie Gossard from Mtn. Grove; his mother-in-law, Marge Lehman from Willow Springs; his father–in-law, Robert Lee Parker, from Willow Springs; a sister-in-law, Glenda Queen from Springfield, Oregon; and a brother-in-law, Bruce Queen.
Dean is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Judy Pruitt of their home; two sons, Dennis Ray Pruitt of Gilbert, Arizona, and Bob Ray Pruitt and wife Dawn of Cabool, Missouri; one daughter, Susanna Kammerer and husband Bert of Apopka, Florida; one grandson, Austin Cruse of Apopka, Florida; one brother, Ted Pruitt and wife Trudy of Pekin, Illinois; five sisters, Inez Trowbridge and husband Alva of Summersville, Missouri, Nancy Chaney of Willow Springs, Sadie Reeves and husband Ronnie of Pharr, Texas, Lorene Thurman and Fred of Louisville, Kentucky, and Linda White and husband Deon of Nixa, Missouri; brother-in-law Tom Gossard of St. James, Missouri; sister-in-law Irene Pruitt of Willow Springs; brother-in-law Larry Parker and wife Karen of Powell, Wyoming; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relative and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church in Cabool with Rev. Hubert Darter and Rev. Roger Flint officiating. Song selections will be “Go Rest High On That Mountain” and “One More Day.” Pallbearers will be Brett Conway, Mark Honigger, Kevin Edleman, Terry Brock, Tommy Lawler and Lynn Moore. Max Davis will serve as honorary pallbearer. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Mtn. Grove. Arrangements are under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice Compassus in Mtn. Grove in care of the funeral home.