Stephen Leroy Prater

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Stephen Leroy Prater was born May 23, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio.

Steve attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated from West High School after which he went to Kent State University where he played baseball. He retired from a career in customer service, banking and auditing.

After a short illness, Steve passed away peacefully into the hands of our Heavenly Father on June 2, 2016 at Mill Run Gardens and Care Center in Hilliard, Ohio.

Stephen was preceded in death by his mother Rosie L. Prater, father James E. Prater and nephew David M. Prater.

He is survived by daughter Stephanie (Carl) Evans, brother’s James W. (Carol) Prater, Michael E. (Leona) Prater, granddaughters Sydney and Carly Evans, niece Susan Prater, nephews James and Michael Prater, and a host of other family members and friends. Stephen will be forever missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He will be especially missed by those who had the privilege of loving him and being loved by him.

Visitation 11:00am and Memorial Service 12:00 noon Monday June 13, 2016 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Charles Gomer

    I will never forget the times me and Steve played baseball in the alley behind his home Steve was the best baseball player to come out of west high. Chubby Gomer

  2. Sandra Harrington quick

    I grew up right across the street from Steve Prater and his family at 442 S Oakley Ave. My name is Sandra Harrington Quick. My brother kevin Harrington now lives in our family home. The “Prater boys” were always very nice to me since I was one of the few girls on the street and I was younger. They Always treated me with respect and dignity. I appreciate those qualities and they helped shape my life. Thank you to Steve and his brothers for making a difference in my life. I Pray God will continue to bless your family and Comfort you in this time of loss.

  3. E Cecelia Gentry

    Steve and l grew up on Oakley Avenue, a close neighbor, we had not seen each other in years, but l would inquire about he and family, often. I am saddened by his passing,today, but know that he is at peace with his Heavenly Father. My condolences to a Steve’s family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you, today. I am your your friend, E Cecelia Gentry, you will be missed.

  4. To: The Prater Family.
    I am sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in God’s Word the Bible. At John 11:25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; And have the privilege to live on “a new earth that we are awaiting according to his (Jehovah God’s) promise, in this righteousness is to dwell.”- 2 Peter 3:13.
    May these Scripture bring you comfort and strength to endure the difficult days ahead. Please visit

  5. VICKI L. RAGLAND(Thomas)

    So sorry to hear of his passing, we were classmates. Prayers for his family.

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