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Major Roy W. Prater, USAF (Ret), 65, Boerne, Texas, passed away May 4, 2012 at his Boerne residence. The cause of death was a massive heart attack. Roy was born February 23, 1947, in Ft. Worth, Texas. His parents were Milton Kermit Prater and Leola Evelyn Harris.
Roy is a 1973 graduate of the University of Texas. He completed USAF flight training graduating with the rating of "pilot." His military career combined US Marine Corps and US Air Force service for a total of 21years. During his many years of military service, he had duty as an air traffic controller, KC-135 pilot/aircraft commander, intelligence officer, and Squadron Commander. His tours of duty included Vietnam; Webb AFB, TX; Rickenbacker AFB, OH; Dyess AFB, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Sembach, Germany; and Ft. Meade, Maryland. His many awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. He had a second career with the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) where he worked as a project manager of information systems retiring in 2007 after 17 years. Roy married Marilyn Elizabeth Macklin on December 5, 1969 in Ft. Worth, TX. Roy was a loving husband and father and a huge UT football, Dallas Cowboys, and San Antonio Spurs fan, but more than anything, he doted on his eight grandchildren. He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Boerne, Texas and was proud to have been the Oktoberfest Festmeister for the last 3 years. He was also a member of the Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department serving on the board of directors for almost 10 years and most recently as a firefighter. Major Prater is survived by his devoted wife Marilyn; 3 precious daughters Kristen Goeke and husband Aaron of San Antonio, Kelley Le Noir and husband David of San Antonio, and Kimberly Mabie and husband Dan of Tampa, Florida; two brothers Jerry Prater and Joe Harris; and last but not least eight grandchildren whom he was so proud of and adored: Vadim, Evan, Hannah, Zoe, Madeliene, Alexis, Liesl & Adelyn.
The family will receive friends and family on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH
9801 Dietz Elkhorn
Rev. Rick Pfaff and Rev. Aaron Goeke will officiate. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published in Express-News on May 6, 2012