John Pratchler

April 4, 1931 - July 3, 2021

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Service Details

Prayer Service: 
Monday, July 12, 2021 – 7:30pm
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
809 – 10th Street,
Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Funeral Mass: 
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – 10:00am
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church
809 – 10th Street,
Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Interment:
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
St. Augustine Roman Catholic Cemetery
Humboldt, Saskatchewan

*NOTE: there will be NO Livestreaming of this service

Memorial Donations:

The Elizabeth Place
1212 – 12th Street
Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0
Phone: 306-682-7368
Visit: The Elizabeth Place

Obituary

John was born April 4, 1931 and raised on the family farm three miles east of Muenster, SK, to Maria and John Pratchler Sr., into a family of four brothers and four sisters. He went to Golden Rule School and after Grade 8, began working on the family farm. John was an adventurous soul, working in logging camps in Sault St. Marie, ON, and as a cowboy ranch hand in southern Saskatchewan, deft in trick horse riding. He farmed with his brother Matt and after marrying his sweetheart, Agnes, he and his young family moved from the Bonas house across the road and John ventured into his own mixed farm operation. He began by building his own house, shop and barn and actively farmed for many years before he and Agnes moved into their new home in Humboldt. John supported Agnes in the efforts to repurpose the convent of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth into an Independent Living complex where they both lived prior to his moving to St. Mary’s Villa to meet his care needs. John was a leader in many farming practices. He was one of the founders and the technicians of the Humboldt Animal Breeders Co-op to support a vibrant cattle industry. He used his talents to grow his own herd of the new breed “Charolais” on his farm. His breeding practices found his prized stock often shown at the Regina Royal Bull sales. Gifted with an insatiable curiosity and creative mind, John was often answering the question “What if I could make something that would make this job easier, or safer, or faster?” and his farm time-saving inventions, his “patents” as he called them, were numerous. His hands were ‘fixing’ or inventing and you could always find John working on something in the shop. He was a hard worker with high expectations for his work. John continued to advance the quality of cereal and oilseed cropping in the province by becoming a seed grower where he propagated many new seed varieties over the years. He was a pioneer in seed cleaning as he not

only designed but built a state-of-the-art seed cleaning plant known and respected for its meticulous, high-quality processing. As part of the Seed Growers Association he was afforded opportunities to see farming in many countries: Australia, China, Germany, France, Ireland, England, Scotland, Mexico, the USA and all across Canada. John loved his family and was proud of his wife and children. He supported Agnes in her career and community work and ensured his children had a good education. John was the uncle of many nieces and nephews and enjoyed their company in work and in leisure, with endless hours of visiting and sharing his quick wit. He was an avid big game hunter over the years with his brother Andrew, and then with his nephews and Agnes and his children. He loved going fishing. As an outdoorsman he was also well known for his ‘hunting’ and adventure stories in both vocabulary and creativity. Above all, John was generous in his service of family, friends, and neighbours. Though often not spoken in words, his works of kindness were his language of love for others. He had a deep sense of commitment to ‘do what was right’ for those who needed help; without asking anything in return. He will be remembered for his hard work, his wisdom, and his caring.

Celebrating his life in tears and in joy are his loving family: his devoted wife of 61 years, Agnes (née Lange), his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Joan (Robert Burton), Joren Burton (Mitch Sherar), Rowan and Joel, Ardan Burton (Dianne Gorday), and Tava Burton; Michael (Sheila), Shelby Trotz (Linda, William), and Allie Pratchler; and Leander (Michelle), Heather and Kelsey Pratchler; and by his brother Leo Pratchler, and sister Agnes Aikins. He was predeceased by his son Gordon, at the age of 21; and brothers and sisters: Joe, Gisella, Mary, Appolonia, Andrew and Matt.

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