Dick Prater

[5 DEC 1932 - A2 - 20313 - 17 OCT 2021]

Dick Prater Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Jim Ryan - Secord's - Nancy Prater
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Prater's - Pemberton's - Bill Axup
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Dick Prater - Dave Pemberton - Dick Lilly - Axup's
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Axup - Doyle - Pemberton - Prater
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Dick Prater
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Secord's and Dick Prater
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Seated: Prater and Werner - Standing: Secord - Pemberton -
Ryan [FL Panhandle Lunch Bunch - MAY 2014]



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Pemberton - Ryan - Prater - Werner - Secord
[FL Panhandle Lunch Bunch - JAN 2014



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Secord - Werner - Prater - Ryan - Pemberton
[FL Panhandle Lunch Bunch - OCT 2013]



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? - Carl McNair - Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Charlie Johnson and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Jim Bergen and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dick Prater and Ed Trobaugh
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Jim Ryan and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Tommy West - Mike Stevenson - Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Tommy West - Dick Prater - Bill Peters
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Bill Edwards - Prater's - Jim Darrah
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Brownie Pemberton - Nancy Prater - Joann Secord
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Brownie Pemberton - Nancy Joseph - Joann Secord -
Nancy Prater [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Nancy Prater and Joann Secord
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Linda McKinney - Sandy Wargowsky - Dienst's -
Nancy Prater [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Lee McKinney and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Jeanne Drummond - Dick Secord - Dick Prater -
Dave Pemberton [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Mike Stevenson and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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McNair - Dugan - Giza - Prater - Malone - Stone -
Robinson - West - Ryan [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Prater's - Nancy Joseph - Woerner's - Cardillo's -
Tommy West [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dan Malone and Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dave Pemberton - Jim Bergen - Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Standing: Whittaker - Jeter - Pemberton - Dunaway - Enslow - Michalove - Johnson - Hadley - Sydenham - Seated: Haas - Secord - Prater - Roberts [Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Dick Secord - Dick Prater - Dave Pemberton
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Dick Prater
[Drummond Service - OCT 2012]



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Dick and JoAnn Secord - Marcia Cathey - Dave and Brownie Pemberton - Dick and Nancy Prater [NW Florida FDD - MAR 2012]



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A-2: West's - Stevenson - Nancy Joseph - Auger - Fikaris' -
Stemle's - Spaulding's - Prater's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Stanley's and Praters
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick and Nancy Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick Prater - Robbie Robinson - Maren Palmer -
Pat Pirkey [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Mike Stevenson and Dick Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick and Nancy Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Mike Stevenson and Dick Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick and Nancy Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick and Nancy Prater
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dot and Dick Stemle - Nancy Prater - Elaine and Tom West -
Mike Stevenson - Nancy Joseph [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Nancy Prater and Dorothy Crancer
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Nancy Joseph - Nancy Prater - Dot Spaulding - Dot
Stemle - Angee Fikaris - Elaine West [A-2: 55th Reunion]



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Pete Fikaris - Tom West - Dick Stemle - Tom Auger - Al
Spaulding - Dick Prater - Mike Stevenson [A-2: 55th Reunion]



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Secord's - Marcia Cathey - Pemberton's -
? - Prater's [c2008]



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Marcia Cathey - Secord's -
Pemberton's - Prater's [c2008]



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Secord's - Tom Phillips' - Nordlie -
? - Prater's [c2008]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Thorsen - Doyle and Prater
[50th Reunion]



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Joe Vincent - Mike Stevenson - Ray Dax - Luke Lucas - Al Spaulding - Tom Auger Tommy West - Pete Fikaris - Dick Prater - Bob Camp - Shelly Freed [50th Reunion]



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Auger - West's - Prater's
[c2003]



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Prater's - ??? - Secord's - Nordlie
[c2003]



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Nancy and Dick Prater
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Dick Prater - Dave Wheeler
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Prater - Doyle - Thorsen
[45th Reunion - SEP 2000]



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Prater's - ? - Secord's
[c1998]



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Prater's - Reid's - ? - ? - Auger's - Fikaris' -
? - West's - ? - Joseph's [c1998]



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Camp - Prater - ? - ? - Auger - Reid -
? - West - ? - Joseph - Fikaris [c1998]



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Nancy and Dick Prater
[c1998]



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? - Nordlie - McDonald's - Prater's - Secord's
[c1997]



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Secord - Prater's - Nordlie - ? - ?
[c1997]



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? - Nordlie - Prater's - ?
[c1997]



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Nordlie - Prater's - ???
[c1996]



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Nordlie - ? - Prater's - McDonald's
[c1996]



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Prater's - McDonald's - Meekison's - Nordlie
[NW FLA FD - c1993]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCulla - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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[15th Reunion - 1970]

Row 8: Auer - McNair - Street - Wix - Row 7: Horst - Paul Parks - ? - Dugan - Grubbs - Domeck - Bliss - Row 6: Howie Stone - Newton - Booras - Strom - McDonald - Row 5: Fikaris - Schick - Gallup - Cardillo - Wheeler - Masson - Row 4: Katenbrink - Spellman - Joseph - ? - Schlotter - Row 3: Bergen - Fralen - ? - Andrews - Dunaway - Bob Johnson - Jim Ryan - Row 2: Bean - Strati - Soper - Jeter - Wiegand - Lenio - Price - Row 1: Prater - Thorsen - Meisenheimer - Reid - Zaborowski - Feagin - Joe Franklin

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A-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Vincent - Joseph - Stevenson - Fikaris - Prater - Stemle - 2nd Row: Freed - Adams - West - Jim Miller - Mason - Jellison - 3rd Row: Auger (CO) - Spaulding - Reid - Lucas - Rupp - Weissenborn - 4th Row: Dax - Senger - Camp - Schauer



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Roy Thorsen and Dick Prater
[100th Night Show - MAR 1955]



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Dick Prater
[100th Night Show - MAR 1955]



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Roy Thorsen - Dick Prater and Ron Murray
[100th Night Show - MAR 1955]



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Fikaris - West - Prater
[1953]



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Prater - Fikaris - West - Schick - Nourse
[c1953]



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Thorsen - Doyle - Prater
[SEP 1950]



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Richard H. Prater Cullum No: 20313 Class of: 1955 Born: KY Appointment: Branch: AF History: 20313 Richard Hayes Prater B-KY: AF: MS UCO 60: Dept Phys USAFA 60-65: 817TASq 65-68 [DFC-BSM-9AM]: AvionicsLab WrightPattersonAFB 68-73 [MSM]: AirWC 73-74: 314AirDiv Kor 74-75 [CM]: S&F AirWC 75-78 [LM]: Ret 78 COL: EF Hutton 78: VP Perdue & Assoc 80: SrReschSci GATech 82-Ret 93

Register Glossary


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Local Classmate Assistant (LCA) Information

Class Remembrance: Wreath

Preferred Charity:

Shalimar United Methodist Church
Shalimar, FL

Suggested LCA: Dick Secord or Dave Pemberton



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Richard H. Prater

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
December 5, 1932 - October 17, 2021


Retired Colonel Richard H. (Dick) Prater, loving husband and devoted father, passed away on October 17, 2021. Dick was born in Catlettsburg, KY on December 5, 1932. He enlisted in the US Air Force out of high school in 1950, and then received an appointment to West Point in 1951. He graduated four years later with the class of 1955.

Following graduation, Dick earned his pilot's wings at Greenville AFB, MS and was then assigned to Foster AFB, TX, where he flew F-100s until they closed the base in 1958. At that time he applied to the Air Force Academy for a teaching position, and after being accepted, went to the University of Colorado to obtain a Masters degree in Physics through the Air Force Institute of Technology program. He then served in both the Math and Physics Dept as an instructor and Assistant Professor of Physics from 1960 until his departure in 1965.

Following three months of training in the C-130, Dick was assigned to the 817th Tactical Airlift Squadron in Naha AB Okinawa as an Aircraft Commander. During his 21/2 year stay there he served more than 400 days in Southeast Asia and flew 800-plus combat hours in Viet Nam and Laos.

After returning to the US in June of 1968, Dick was assigned to the Air Force Avionics Lab as Assistant Division Chief of the Electronic Technology Division and later as Branch Chief of the Passive ECM Branch, where he supervised forty senior scientists and a two million dollar budget. During this time, he was promoted to Lt. Col. and selected to attend the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL in 1973. Following is graduation with the class of 1974, he received orders to Osan AB Korea where he served as Chief of Exercises, Air Forces Korea until 1975.

Having already been selected to join the faculty of the Air War College, Dick returned to Maxwell AFB in June of 1975. He was promoted to Colonel in 1976 and became Chief, Defense Management Systems, Department of Leadership and Management, with the responsibility of developing the curriculum for 260 senior officers, describing the Department of Defense resource allocation system.

Dick completed his distinguished military career when he retired in August of 1978. He was a command pilot with over 3200 flying hours. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation emblem and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon.

Dick elected, upon retirement, to enter the financial planning business. Over the next four years, he worked with USPA-IRA (now First Command), EF Hutton, and lastly as Vice President of T. Ramon Perdue Associates. In 1982, he returned to the Research and Development business, joining the research faculty of the Georgia Tech Research Institute as a Senior Research Scientist. During his eleven years with Georgia Tech, he was a major contributor in the design, development, and management of several multi-million dollar threat radar simulator programs for the Air Force and Army. Dick retired from Georgia Tech in January of 1993 and moved to Ft Walton Beach in March of that year.

Dick was a member of the Shalimar United Methodist Church where he sang in the chancel choir and also with the Barbershop ensemble, Gloryland. He was a member of the Order of Daedalions, Military Officers Association, the Association of Old Crows, and the Air Force Association.

Dick was preceded in death by his father, Burnice, his mother, Helen, and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his sister, Lillian Smith; his daughter, Virginia Pate; his son, Richard H. Prater, Jr.; his daughter, Sandra Hudman; his son, Mark D. Prater; and eight grandchildren: Robert Patterson, Anna Hudman, Drew Hudman, Cole Prater, Madison Prater, Trinity Prater, Jessica Prater, and Fowler Prater.

Children also by marriage to wife Nancy: stepson Bobby McClure; stepdaughters Mitzi McClure, Kathy McClure, and Suzan Campbell; six grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Beal Memorial Cemetery, Ft Walton Beach, FL.

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in honor of Dick Prater.

Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com


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