Willis Pratt

1942 – 2020


Willis Pratt, 78, of Louisville passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. Willis was a member and trustee of Garrs Lane Methodist Church, a 1961 graduate of Butler High School and a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He retired from Brown-Forman Distillery after 45 years of service and is a Master Distiller Emeritus for Michter’s Distillery. Willis was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Willis was known as “Doctor No” in the bourbon community. He was a master of perfection when it came to his bourbon. One of his proudest accomplishments was getting Michter’s back on the shelf for all to enjoy.

He is preceded in death by his parents Vertie and Kenneth Pratt; grandson, Kyle; brother-in-law, Don Warner.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia (Oehrle) Pratt; three children, Paula Pratt, David Pratt (Carol) and Jason Pratt; two sisters, Tonya Warner and Sharon Prince (Bob); three sisters-in-law, Beverly Oehrle, Debbie Towler (Bob) and Tracy Hurst (Terry); three brothers-in-law, Paul Oehrle (Mary Jane), Richard Oehrle (Carol) and Wayne Clark (Marilyn); three grandchildren, Katie Blakeman (Brad), Shelby and Nolan; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Owen; loving uncle to Kenny Warner (Donna) and several other nieces and nephews; his beloved dog Sophie.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Kentucky Humane Society or The Ronald McDonald House.