Richard Prater

March 30, 1950 - August 05, 2019

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Wednesday, August 07, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Thursday, August 08, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church, 2900 N 500 E, Kendallville


Thursday, August 08, 1:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church, 2900 N 500 E, Kendallville


Richard Prater, 69, of Kendallville died Monday, August 5, 2019, at 3:06 a.m. at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

He was born March 30, 1950, in Alphretta, Kentucky, to Jobie and Lula (Thompson) Prater.

On January 14, 1972, in Kendallville he married Glema Moore.

Mr. Prater had worked at Steckley’s Mill & Hatchery and Harry Sellers Gas Station both in Kendallville. He retired from Safe-Guard Automotive in Kendallville as a machinist.

Richard was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Kentucky Wildcats. He dearly loved his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Glema Prater of Kendallville; three daughters, Stephanie (Robert) Simpson of Kendallville, Jennifer Prater of Kendallville, and Kristie (Justin) Beall of Avilla; a son, Jonathan (Melissa) Prater of Kendallville; five grandchildren, Endia Simpson, Isabella Prater, Maxwell Beall, Lucy Beall, and Lillian Beall; five sisters, Joyce Reade of Fort Wayne, Diana (Mark) Reid of Kendallville, Brenda (Hank) Ochoa of Butler, Janice (Dan) Simmons of Kendallville, and Billie Ann Rowe of Louisville, Kentucky; and three brothers, David (Debbie) Prater of Rome City, Ron Prater of Waterloo, and Mike Prater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Barb Sexton, Dorothy Prater, and Virginia Prater; and six brothers, Gene Prater, Don Prater, Dockie Prater, Sonny Prater, Joseph Prater, and Ted Prater.

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 2900 N 500 E, Kendallville with Pastor Robert Boston officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City.

Pallbearers are Robert Simpson, Jonathan Prater, Justin Beall, Ron Prater, David Prater, Hank Ochoa, II, and Hank Ochoa, III.

Calling is Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville.

Preferred memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

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Leon Simmons
August 10th, 2019 4:38am
Clinton Tennessee

I will miss u uncle Richard

Patty Rugg & Jim McNulty
August 7th, 2019 9:20pm

Richard was one of my favorite customers, he came in for coffee several times a week, and would talk about his wife and grandchildren. He loved his family so much. He was also our neighbor, and we enjoyed seeing him outside on his porch, enjoying his grandchildren and listening to his ball games on his radio. Glema. you and your family are in our prayers.

Barb Boyer
August 7th, 2019 2:11am

Brenda, Hank and Pepo so sorry for your loss, May the Lord, wrap his arms around you all as you go through this difficult time.

Mary Simmons
August 7th, 2019 12:14am

Glema, Sephanie & Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Rick Stevens
August 6th, 2019 5:32pm

I grew up on Gertrude Street in Kendallville and played as kids with the Praters. Great memories. So sad to hear of this. May God look over the family and friends of Richard. Super nice people.

Michelle Gunder
August 6th, 2019 5:28pm

Stephanie and Jen I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts

Roger and Deb Carmicheal
August 6th, 2019 3:14am

To the Prater Family and Moore Family...., so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in the coming days as you say your good byes for now until you meet again.

wendy and missy
August 6th, 2019 2:27am

love you all.. so sorry for the deep loss...

Brenda Brandenburg
August 6th, 2019 12:05am

Stephanie and Jen, My prayers are with both of you and your family. If you need anything please let me know.

Linda keck
August 5th, 2019 9:54pm

So sorry for your loss.. Hugs an prayers

Linda keck
August 5th, 2019 9:52pm

So sorry for your loss.. Hugs an prayers

Nila Ward
August 5th, 2019 9:02pm
Fort Wayne, IN

I’m so sorry for you loss. I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.

Corinne Donat Zuege
August 5th, 2019 8:58pm

Glema, I’m so very sorry for your loss. May Richard Rest In Eternal Peace. Thinking of you and your family with prayers of comfort. I’ll be thinking of you in the coming days.

August 5th, 2019 8:18pm