Earl Russell Pruitt, 78, of Yakima died Tuesday at Cottage in the Meadow.

Mr. Pruitt was born in Merced, Calif. He served in the Air Force for four years and later worked as a civil servant at the Sharps Army Depot and at the McClellan Air Force Base, both in California. He retired after 30 years of civil service and moved to the Yakima Valley eight years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Crittenden of Yakima; four sons, Daniel Pruitt of Paradise, Calif., Ben Pruitt of Farmersville, Ohio, Gary Pruitt of Springfield, Mo. and Larry Pruitt of Grants Pass, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Keith and Keith Funeral Home.