The Woodward News

December 6, 2012

Michael Ross Prather

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Michael Ross Prather, 86, of Guymon passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at the Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

The son of Cecil Albert and Nellie Margaret (Reiss) Prather, he was born September 29, 1926 in Luray, Kansas.  Mike graduated from Holyrood, Kansas High School with the class of 1945.  He served as a corporal in the US Army during World War II.

Mike and Othilia “Tillie” Bender were united in marriage on February 22, 1948 at the Bender Hill Lutheran Church in Russell County, Kansas.

Mike worked in the oil field industry which moved the family from Great Bend, Kansas to Laverne and Keyes, Oklahoma before moving to Guymon in 1979.  He was a member of VFW Post #6240 in Russell, Kansas and the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guymon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Alfred Prather; sister, Doris Bryant and daughter, Mary McLaughlin.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Tillie Prather; two daughters:  Judy Prather of Guymon and Barbara and William Walton of Perry, Oklahoma; son-in-law, Jerry McLaughlin of Woodward and four grandchildren: Ross Andrew and wife, Kasie McLaughlin of Edmond, Oklahoma, Erin Margaret McLaughlin of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dorothy Walton and Kurt Walton both of Perry, Oklahoma.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Guymon with Rev. Mark Wescoatt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Elmhurst Cemetery. 

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Guymon Chapter of Circle of Friends.  Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 1112, Guymon, OK 73942.

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