Robert Arthur "Bob" Pralle Jr.
Robert "Bob" Arthur Pralle Jr. of Ormond Beach was born in Queens, New York on June 22, 1955 to the late Robert and Janet McCarthy Pralle. Bob lived a rich and meaningful life before passing away peacefully amid a sea of loved ones and prayer on April 5, 2017. He was sixty-one years old. Bob loved snow skiing and his Harley, Facebook and his cat Nester, gambling and God, but above all, his family. As a young man, Bob moved from California to Florida, where he ultimately established himself as a leader in the construction field. The well-respected custom home builder began his esteemed career in Volusia County over forty years ago with his uncles Doug and Jack McCarthy of McCarthy Builders. Ultimately Bob branched off to form Pralle Builders, where he was known for his detail-oriented craftsmanship and keen eye for design. When he wasn't on the job site, you were likely to catch him racing by in a sports car, on his motorcycle or possibly by boat. Although his life was cut far too short, his family takes comfort in the fact that he lived it fully and passionately. After being diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, Bob fought a courageous three-year battle with the disease, during which time he embraced good food and good friends, and renewed his purpose on earth. Bob spent not just his last days but his last years surrounded by familyhis first priority alwaysdoing the things he loved to do. He proudly added a dock to his waterfront home, believing correctly that if he built it, they would come; his friends and family will be forever grateful for the memories created there. Bob is survived by his daughter Christine O'Reilly; son Jeff Pralle (Jennifer); their mother Cindy Foote; stepson Casey Rousch; grandsons James and Cooper; sister Laurel Swann; brothers Glenn and Russell Pralle; aunt and uncle Linda and Jack McCarthy; nieces Kristin Swann Haller, Brittany Pralle and Megan Pralle, and nephew Dustin Swann. Words cannot express how profoundly he touched so many lives or how deeply he will be missed. A Celebration of Bob's LIfe will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11 AM at the Salty Church, 221 Vining Court, Ormond Beach, FL. Memorials may be sent to Cancerresearch.org or to Hospice of Volusia County. The family wishes to thank Bob's generous circle of friends for their faithful, loving support.
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