Donald Prater

Donald Garry Prater

September 21st, 1945 - February 23rd, 2020
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Donald Garry Prater, age 74 and a longtime resident of Warsaw, passed into eternal rest on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. at his home.

The son of Virgle Preston Prater and Pearlie (Adams) Prater, he was born on September 21, 1945 in Brainard, Kentucky. He was one of ten children born to the pair and spent his formative years in Kentucky, moving to the Warsaw area in 1960.

A mechanic by trade, Don, as many knew him, was truly a jack of all trades. He worked in automotive maintenance for many years, in salvage for Mike Gill and Clyde Gregory, was a licensed auctioneer and was the grounds keeper at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds for many years. He raced stock cars at the Warsaw Speedway for many years and helped to run the track for several years. He was a fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, and of 1950s Chevys.

In his down time, Don liked to watch Westerns, particularly those with Roy Rogers. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed watching wrestling. A regular member of God’s Highway to Heaven Church, Don was a loving, friendly man. He was also good at telling tales and could sell anything to nearly anyone.

On June 11, 1965, Donald Garry Prater was united in marriage to Judy Burk. Together they have shared nearly fifty-five years. Judy (Burk) Prater survives at home. Also surviving are their three children: daughter, Pam (Joe D.) Crace of Warsaw, son, Kelly (Jennifer) Prater of Claypool and daughter, Tammy (Carl) Kendrick of Claypool, 11 grandchildren: Jessy, Joni, Paul, Josie, Donald, James, Tiffany, Travis, Sara, Kylie, and Wyatt; 16 great-grandchildren: Drew, Caydee, Carter, Lexi, Kyra, Sawyer, Shyann, Lyric, Alyssa, Dillon, Sylis, Weston, Anna, Peyton, Jaxon and Isaac and eight siblings: Juanita Shepherd, Cliff Prater, Geneva Prater, Mary Prater, Barb (Darrell) Prater, Arnold (Amy) Prater, Ron Prater and Phyllis (Greg) Varney. In addition to his parents, those who received Don into heaven include his son, Donald Lee Prater; brother, Wilford Prater; brother-in-law, Nate Shepherd and sisters-in-law, Jan Prater and Carol Prater.

A Life Celebration® will be held at Warsaw’s Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan Street, where viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. A funeral which celebrates Don’s life will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Pastors Bob Brown and Mike Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be directed to K21 Cancer Care Fund, PO Box 1810 Warsaw, Indiana 46581. Condolences may be left for the family at
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  • Visitation

    February 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    February 26th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
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  • Second Visitation

    February 26th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    February 26th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Life Celebration

    February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    February 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, Indiana 46580
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Bob Brown
    Pastor Mike Kelley
  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    421 N Maple St
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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Kathleen Paysen Carney

Posted at 09:14am
Gary and Judy have been dear friends for many years. Gary loved Judy deeply and she was his world. His children and grandchildren meant everything to him. I send my deepest condolences to Judy and all the family 🌺

Misty and bruce shambaugh

Posted at 08:35am
Our deepest condolences to your family. My heart aches for all of you. Don was a great guy who loved all of you so much. You guys were blessed...
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Angela Earl Himes

Posted at 05:35pm
So very sorry for your loss! May God comfort you all during this difficult time! Love you all!💔💙❤🌹
Aj & Angela (Earl) Himes

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