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Obituary: Frank Robert Prater Jr.

Frank Robert Prater Jr. was born in Norfolk, Va., on March 20, 1951, to Frank and Barbara Moody Prater.

Frank graduated from Lompoc High School in 1969 and served in the U.S. Air Force. After returning home, he married Catherine "Kay" Mary Gaumer on May 23, 1975.

On Jan. 13, 1981, he had a daughter, Peggy Jean. When his wife retired from work in 2006, they moved to Arizona.

When Peggy married in 2009, Frank quickly embraced Wayne A. Spencer as a son.

Frank had a grandson, Michael, who precedes him in death. Frank left for his new life on April 24, 2011, at 8 p.m.

Besides his wife, daughter and son-in-law, he leaves behind his sister-in-law Jean Gaumer and her husband John Andrews; two brothers-in-law, John Gaumer and his companion Sue Ellen Wilson and Rex Gaumer and his wife Carol Blakely Gaumer; as well as a niece, Julia Andrews; and four nephews, Quinn, Gregory and Jason Gaumer and Steven Andrews.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Chino Valley, 1524 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley, Ariz.

The family request donations in Frank's honor to the Humane Society or the Salvation Army.

Please visit www.heritagefuneralchapels.com to sign Frank's online guestbook.

Services entrusted to Heritage Memory Mortuary.

Information provided by survivors.

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