John Earl Prater, 57, Wabash, went to be with his Lord at 9:57 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born Dec. 29, 1960, in Paintsville, Ky. to John T. Prater and Ruth (Bailey) Rose.
He married Sherry Gressley in Wabash on April 30, 1988. He was the maintenance man at Meadowbrook in Wabash 20 years and was a member of the Wabash Christian Heritage Church. He was a wonderful family man, a huge Indianapolis Colts fan, and enjoyed music, playing the guitar, and shooting guns.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Prater; three children, Karissa Hubbard, John F. Prater, and Chasity (Shane) France; mother, Ruth Rose; five grandchildren, Chaston Hubbard, Ceyonna Hubbard, John E.J. Prater, Canidee Hubbard, and Khylar France, sister, Connie (Ralph) Pulley, and two brothers, Tim (Barbara) Prater and Daniel (Carolyn) Prater, all of Wabash. He was preceded in death by his father, and his sister, Charlotte Fetter.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Friday, and one hour prior to the service Saturday, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is John’s family for expenses.