VeteranHoward Prather

Howard PratherHoward Dwain Prather, 84, of Rushville died at 8:35 a.m. March 8, 2018, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

He was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Schuyler County, a son of Clifford A. and Elvera Lancaster Prather. He married Glenna Martin on Nov. 22, 1958, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Peggy Marcelino of Rushville, Phyllis (and Tim) Metz of Versailles and Allan (and Jennie) Prather of Cherryvale, Kan.; one grandchild; four step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Lee Prather and Ruth Ann Prather; and five brothers, Virgil, Max, Gene, Don, and James “Jimmy” Prather.

A 1952 graduate of Rushville High School, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Presidio, Calif., where he was assigned to the guided missiles unit. After his time in the service, he returned to Schuyler County where he was a grain and livestock farmer until his retirement in 2005.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rushville and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Services were held Sunday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Reverend Grant Armstrong officiating. Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army Burial Detail and the Schuyler American Legion Post #4.

Memorials may be made to the Schuyler Senior Center, First United Methodist Church or the Schuyler County Humane Society.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/14/2018


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