Kent Eugene Prater
Kent E. Prater, 53, of Riverton, Illinois went home to be with the Lord on the morning of August 26, 2016. He was born on September 8, 1962, to Thomas Eugene and Barbara Allen (Beaty) Prater.
Kent is survived by his wife, Beth, daughter Kaitlin (Kyle), and grandson Lawrence Kent Wilcox, step-children: Jake (Kayla) and Jessica Parmentier, mother Barbara, brother Van, niece Annie, nephew Ben (Katie) and their daughter Sage, and many extended family, both near and far. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Prater. Kent was a doting husband, father, grandfather, son, and a loyal friend to many.
Kent graduated from Edinburg High School in 1980 and from Lincoln Land Community College after which he began his lifelong career in respiratory therapy. Kent worked at Memorial Hospital for a large part of his career and most recently at Vibra Hospital in Springfield.
Kent was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, nature, woodworking, his dog Grace, and time spent with family. Always ready with a smile or a joke, Kent had a great ability to make everyone laugh. Kent was always there to lend a hand, an ear, and his time to family and friends. Kent lived his life as a truly good and kind man. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Gathering: 9 – 11 am, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at South Fork Church of Christ, 7898 Johnson Road, Rochester, IL 62563.
Memorial Service: 11 am, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at South Fork Church of Christ, Rochester, IL.
A private burial will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Illinois Humane Society.