Feb. 8, 1936

March 3, 2018

LIMA – The Rev. Wayne Prater, 82, of Lima passed away at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday at his residence.

Wayne was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Hueysville, Kentucky, to Elliott Prater and Martha (Smith) Moore, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 15, 1990, he married Georgia (Scott) Prater, who survives in Lima.

Wayne attended McGuffey High School. He then joined the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany. Through the years, Wayne worked in many different capacities in many different vocations. What he was most proud of was his later years, when he had served as the minister at Delphos Wesleyan Church and also as chaplain at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

Wayne was a member of Lima First Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed woodworking and tinkering with things in the garage. Most of all he loved talking with people and was always concerned with their salvation and where they were going to church.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by his children: Sharon Lehew of Front Royal, Virginia, Jeffrey Wayne Prater of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Darin Keith (Brenda) Prater of Stephens City, Virginia, Lorisa Renee (Todd) Davis of Bushnell, Florida, Shona Louise (Ron) Lapsley of Stephens City, Virginia, James E. (Chere’) Newlun of Wapakoneta, Linda (Robert) Spinelli of Erie, Pennsylvania, Joseph (Tammy Lehman-McDonnell) McDonnell of Lima and William (Tracy) McDonnell of Alger; a daughter-in-law, Paula Newlun of Lima; 32 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven siblings: Billie Leis of Sebring, Florida, Rita Burrell of Cridersville, Elliott Prater Jr. of Alger, Irene Lane of Columbus, Christine Parr of Four Acre, Geraldine Lewis of Kenton and Ed Prater Jr. of Botkins.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert R. Newlun; and six siblings, Elmer Prater (infant brother), Charles Prater, Betty Holbrook, Wanda Hicks, Kathleen “Katie” Aab and Audrey Gaskill.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Eastside Chapel, the Rev. Dan Campbell officiating. Burial of cremated remains will be held at a later date. Following the service, military honors will be performed by the VFW Post 1275 and the U.S. Army.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Eastside Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lima First Church of the Nazarene.

Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.