Robert I. Prater

Robert I. Prater

Robert I. Prater, 70, of McClure, died at 3:44 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on June 11, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, the son of Robert Gene and Barbara Aline Snell Prater. 

He married Sharon Fisher on Sept. 21, 1974. 

He was a member of Spark Ministries. He was an avid fisherman. People loved Bobby, and he enjoyed talking with others, young and old. 

He retired from Southeast Hospital after 32 years of employment. Previously, he worked for the former Trojan Powder Plant in Wolf Lake for 15 years. 

Besides his wife Sharon, he is survived by his daughter, Rachel (Steve) Parker; five grandchildren, Hunter, Andrew, Emma, Bentley and Ellie; a sister, Linda (David) Stevens; two brothers, Gary Prater and Randy (Sheila) Prater; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Crain Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cape Girardeau. The Rev. Aaron Boyd officiated. Inurnment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Thebes. 

Memorials can be made to Spark Ministries.

To view the obituary and/or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cape Girardeau was in charge of arrangements.

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