Lonnie Gene Prater

September 8, 1948June 10, 2019

Lonnie was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Born, September 8th, 1948 in Jackson, MI and was a graduate of Stockbridge High School in 1966. Nothing made Lonnie happier in life, than helping his family and making sure they were taken care of. Lonnie was a born protector with eyes for the delicate, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. Lonnie had a true appreciation for nature and was known for his many talents, he was a true Renaissance man. To know Lonnie, was to be blessed by his distinct laughter, which perfectly matched his incredible witty sense of humor. Gone, but never to be forgotten, he now rests in perfect peace. Lonnie was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (Preisinger), and parents Madison and Sarah Prater. Surviving are his five children, Patrick (Rebecca) Prater, Kimberly (Michael) Clear, James Prater, Michael (Panie) Prater, and Peter Prater; six grandchildren, Abby, Jacob, Nicholas, Anna Marie, Margaux and Sebastian. Visitation will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in Mason on Friday, June 14 from 5pm-8pm. Funeral Half Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Mason on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Online condolences may be made at


  • Jacob Offill (Prater)
  • Mike Clear
  • Richard Friedlund
  • David Whittaker
  • James Cady
  • Pat Joslin
  • Dick Fernburg, Honorary
  • Dick Aseltine, Honorary


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, June 15, 2019


Lonnie Gene Prater

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Calvin Park

June 14, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. A lot of good memories cutting logs for Lonnie; he was witty with a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

Dave Rossetter

June 14, 2019

To the Prater family, We send our deepest sympathy. Lonnie was a friend since high school, we worked together at the sod farm in Gregory. I will always remember him and his wit.

Paul & Amie Stid

June 12, 2019

To the Prater Family-
Our thoughts are with you. We hope that your faith and family bring you comfort, strength, and peace and that your memories bring you lots of smiles and laughter along with the tears.

Don Homan

June 11, 2019

Never forgotten are the memories of all the laughs we had when Lonnie
who was considered one of our (tunk rum) boys, drove all the way from Mason
to Howell or Fowlerville to play cards with the likes of John & Jake Backhuus
Sonny Erdman, Fred Denby, myself and others. What a good time we all had.
His presence provided special character to the game that will not be forgotten.

Julia Stathakis

June 11, 2019

Lonnie, and Joanne were amazing people, and I am so happy, and honored to have had the pleasure to know both of them. Many prayers, lots of love, and tons of hugs to all of the family.