Verl Prather Jr.
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[February 28, 2007]
HARTSBURG -- Verl R. Prather Jr., 62,
of Hartsburg died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at 2:36 p.m. in the 1300
block of 2100th Street, Lincoln.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln. Masonic rites will
follow at 7.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at
Prairieland Christian Church, with Kyle Alt
Burial, with military rites, will be
in Hartsburg Union Cemetery.
Mr. Prather was an electrician at Caterpillar for
22 years and then at ADM in Peoria for 12 years. He
retired in 2006.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He was born Aug. 2, 1944, in Effingham to Verl R.
and Lorena Walker Prather Sr. He married Kathy J.
Humbert on Oct. 30, 1982, in Lincoln. She preceded
him in death on Jan. 6, 2006.
He is survived by his mother, of Atlanta; two
sons, Verl A. (and Penny) Prather III of Lincoln and
J.R. Eskew of Lincoln; two daughters, Lori (and Joe)
O'Connell of Springfield and Tammy (and John) Scully
of Springfield; one brother, Roger (and Joyce)
Prather of Lincoln; one sister, Peggy (and Tom)
Payne of Atlanta; and nine grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his father; one
brother, Roy Lee Prather; and one sister, Stella
He was a member of Prarieland Christian Church,
Atlanta Masonic Lodge and Hartsburg American Legion
1146, where he was the current commander.
He played guitar and sang in many bands in the
area. He also gave music lessons at Music Spectrum.
Memorials may be made to the family.
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