Edward Prater, 96, of Silver Lake, went to be with the Lord at 7:26 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Mason Healthcare, Warsaw.
He was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Blue River, Ky., and was the son of Malcom Prater and Plina (Ousley) Prater.
He worked at Peabody Seating Co., North Manchester, for 23 years and was a part-time farmer.
He married Esther Boyer on September 1, 1962. She passed away on June 16, 2006.
During World War II, Edward worked for the railroad. Then, in 1960, he moved to Silver Lake after his mother passed away.
Edward was a kind person who helped raise his sister and helped his mom after his father died. He was always in a happy mood and would help anyone in need. Edward loved to garden and often grew so much that he would give away most of it. Though he was a strict father, he always supported his daughters. He taught them by example, none greater than his example of faith. Edward gave his life to the Lord. He was a faithful member of Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church and a trustee for many years. On Saturdays, Edward enjoyed going to the sale barn in Rochester, and from time to time came home with a calf or two.
Age never stopped Edward. He cut his own firewood until he was 92.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Carol Prater, Silver Lake, and Patricia Ann (Ronnie) Hackworth, of Akron; A sister, Arizona Dotson Sears, Wabash; two grandchildren, Sarah (Jeromy) Green and Kaitlyn (Aaron) Gambill. three great-grandchildren, Logan and Easton Green and Max Gambill
Preceding him in death were: two brothers, Talt Prater and Asberry Prater. Five sisters, Roxie and Allie Hale, Lona Hughes, Lizzie Whitaker, and Lola Robinson, and one great-granddaughter, Hannah Gambill.
Calling will be from 2 to 4 p.m., at 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 25 at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church, 303 South Jefferson St., Silver Lake.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, with calling 1-hour prior at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church. Pastor Justin Harshman will officiate.
Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Myrtle Glen Drive, Silver Lake.
Memorials can be sent to Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church, 303 South Jefferson Street, Silver Lake, IN.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary.