GREENVILLE - Charles L. Prether, age 86, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 8:15 a.m. March 30, 2013, at the Brethren Retirement Community.
Mr. Prether was born Oct. 28, 1926, in Darke County, Ohio. He was the son of the late John and Tressie Prether.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army, he came back to Darke County to farm the family farm. For many years, he was employed by and retired from Provico Inc. Mr. Prether was a lifelong member of Beech Grove Church of the Brethren, serving in many different ways through the years. Throughout his life, he was an active member of the community. A few of his activities were serving on the Liberty Local School District school board first as a member then as board president, being a 4-H adviser, volunteering for State of the Heart Hospice and most recently serving as a member of the Darke County Planning Commission.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 64 years, Edith (Curtner), daughter Deborah Wiltshire and husband David of Plymouth, Mich., son Terry Prether and wife Kris Stred of Kirkland, Wash., sister Juanita Mikesell and brother-in-law Bob of Greenville, Ohio, and brother Robert Prether and wife Lucy of Colorado Springs, Colo. He leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Brooke and Tyler Conn, Matt Prether and fiancée, Ellie Peterson, Mark and Teresa Wiltshire, Eric and Malina Wiltshire, Lara and Nathan Ray and Katie Davis. Great-grandchildren are Eli and Madelyn Conn, Brennen and William Wiltshire, and Chloe Ray. He will be missed by his other brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many close friends.
A private graveside service will be held at the discretion of the family. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Brethren Retirement Community Chapel, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, with Pastor Todd Reish officiating.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community Resident's Aid Fund. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com