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Michael W. Prather

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11/29/1944 - 3/10/2009

PEKIN ~ Michael Wayne Prather, 64, of 3 Dirksen Court, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born November 29, 1944 in Peoria to Wayne and Eileen (Swanson) Prather, he married Bobbi Lynn Cullen on November 16, 1963 in Pekin.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Staci Corirossi of Goodyear, Arizona; one son, Steven (Sha’) Prather of Lancaster, California; nine grandchildren, Dominic, Kati, and Tony Corirossi, all of Arizona, Codie Prather of Pekin,and Nicholas Prather, Karina, Remington,and Jade Rowe, and Owen Prather, all of Lancaster, California; two great-grandchildren, Carson Corirossi of Arizona and Kaleigh Maile of Pekin; his mother, Eileen Lober of Peoria; step-mother, Marilyn Prather of Peoria; one brother, Rusty (Debbie) Prather of Peoria; one sister, Sue (Joe) Sommer of Peoria; and a God-daughter, Kristine Wilson of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Mike worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 39 years, retiring as a supervisor in the core room at the Mapleton foundry in 2002.

He was a member of the American Foundrymen's Society and a former member of the Pekin Moose Lodge #916.

Mike was an avid fan of Bradley basketball, Illini football and basketball, and the Chicago Bears.

He loved fishing.

His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.  The Rev. Terry Edele and Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the funeral home.  Cremation will be accorded.

Memorial contributions for the education of his granddaughter, Kati Corirossi, may be made to a fund being established at the CEFCU Pekin office or to the Vernon "Butch" Gudat Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Central Illinois, 331 Fulton Street, Suite 310, Peoria, IL 61602.

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