Jan. 13, 1939 – Jan. 22, 2013

Gus E. Pratchett, a former chief of respiratory therapy at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, died Tuesday in Beechwood Continuing Care Facility, Getzville, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 74.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., he relocated to Buffalo as a young adult. He earned an associate degree from Erie County Technical Institute and later earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from Medaille College.

Mr. Pratchett was employed at Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 39 years until his retirement in 1995.

He was a member of the NAACP, the Buffalo Chapter of the Tuscaloosa Reunion Club and the Buffalo High-Lites. Mr. Pratchett also was on the board of the Langston Hughes Center, the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Western New York and the Parent Advisory Board of McKinley High School and was a past president of the Cornwall Avenue Block Club.

He was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mamie L. Taylor; three daughters, Karen, Sabrena and Debra; a son, Gregory; and four sisters, Lillie Pearl Scott, Carrie Bowden, Julia Hall and Barbara Williams.

A service was held Monday in St. Luke AME Church, 314 E. Ferry St.