Bill Gene Prater, Sr, 90 of Nixa, passed into eternal rest on January 12, 2023, at his home.
On December 24, 1974, Bill was united in marriage to Vida von Seeth because she was the love of his life. On May 18, 1953, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy. He served as a Seabee, Naval construction Battalion. Bill served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. Following his time in the Navy, Bill worked as an electrical contractor. He owned and operated Prater Electric in San Diego, California and retired in 1994. Bill was a free mason, being a member of John Spreckles Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 465.
He is survived by his wife Vida Prater, two sons Tim Prater and wife Bonnie, and John Prater. Grandchildren: Danielle Koelzer and husband Blake, Rachel Morris, Angelina Morris, Sean Prater, Nathan Prater, Cassandra Prater and Mackenzie Prater, Niece Fran Ryan, Nephews: Mike Bailey, Rod Bailey as well as extended family and beloved friends.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023. Bill will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023, Missouri Veterans Cemetery.
He will receive full military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.