Jack Prater

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DEGRAFF — Jack Moore Prater, 89, of DeGraff, died at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016, surrounded by his family at the home of his daughter, Sharon.

He was born at home in rural Bellefontaine, Ohio, on June 8, 1926, to the late Harry L. and Martha A. (Moore) Prater. On May 29, 1948, he married the former Louise Katherine "Betsy" Bussinger in Dayton, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on March 7, 2010. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mozelle Strayer; brothers-in-law, Don Strayer, Charley Forsthoff; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Adlena Bussinger; and mother and father-in-law, Albert and Louise Bussinger.

Jack is survived by his nine children, Tom (Vicki) Prater, of DeGraff, Kathy (Gary) McCulla, of West Liberty, Joanne (Greg) Campbell, of Quincy, Connie (Allen) Yutzy, of Plain City, Linda (Steve) Brautigam, of Quincy, Terry Prater, of DeGraff, Sharon (Darrell) Heaberlin, of DeGraff, Peg (Mike) Cook, of West Liberty, and Jackie Prater, of DeGraff; a sister, Ann Forsthoff, of Dayton; brothers-in-law, George (Sarah) Bussinger, of Centerville, and Bob (Wendy) Bussinger, of California; 11 grandchildren, Kim (Rich) Pickering, Mike Prater, Emily (Todd) Bucher, Brison (Ginger) Allmon, Mary Brautigam, Keenan Reames, Michelle (Matt) Hull, Matt Brautigam, Jake (Sara) Heaberlin, Abby (John) Walters and Luke Cook; 12 great-grandchildren, Rachel, Andrew, Quinn, Ross, Madison, Mariah, Hailey, Peyton, Garrett, Aiden, Gwen and Jackson; five stepgrandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A 1944 graduate of DeGraff High School, he was a World War II Army veteran and member of the Miami Grange. Jack was a life-long dairy farmer. He was a hard worker who enjoyed spending time with family, attending sporting and other events of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing dartball, handing out nicknames, joking and having fun.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes Street, DeGraff, Ohio.

The Rev. Cheryl Siegenthaler and Deacon Harold Dipple will officiate a funeral service at noon on Wednesday, March 23, at Philadelphia Lutheran Church, 5506 Township Road 201, Bellefontaine, Ohio. Burial will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery, Bellefontaine with military rites by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Memorial Hospice, 1083 Fairington Drive, Sidney, OH 45365 or Logan County Vets to D.C., P.O. Box 516, DeGraff, OH 43318 or online at or to any .

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff and online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2016
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