Charles L. Prather Jr.

November 21, 1970October 17, 2018
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Charles L. Prather, Jr. 47, passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Charlie was the beloved son of Charles Sr. and Joan (nee’ Friedhoff) Prather; the cherished brother of Stephen (Wendee) Prather and Jennifer (Antonio) Contreras; the loving uncle of Madison Dougherty, Emilee Prather, Olivia Prather, Gabrielle Prather, Isabel Contreras, Javier Contreras, and Santiago Contreras; a dear nephew, cousin, and friend to many.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 24 from 4-8pm at Kriegshauser West Mortuary 9450 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis Missouri 63132. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday October 25 at 10am at the same place. From there we will process to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, where Charlie will be buried with Full Military Honors.

If desired, contributions to "Wings of Hope" in Charlie's memory are greatly appreciated by his family.

Please leave a special memory of Charlie for his family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.


  • Charles Leonard Prather Sr., Father
  • Joan Marie (nee' Friedhoff) Prather, Mother
  • Stephen (Wendee) Prather, Brother
  • Jennifer (Antonio) Contreras, Sister


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Committal Service with Full Military Honors Thursday, October 25, 2018

Charles L. Prather Jr.

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Avis Ayers

October 24, 2018

I never met Charles but I did meet his Dad yesterday at the Kirkwood Schnucks. I work at Customer Service and was blessed to have his Dad tell me about his son. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I pray that you all can find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Theresa Votinelli

October 24, 2018

Now retired, I am a past commander of the 131st Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard. Charles was a treasured member of my unit - a go getter who worked hard, loved his country like no other, and had a perpetual smile on his face . He loved life. I lost touch with him after I retired but I always knew he would succeed in whatever endeavor he chose. I am deeply saddened at the news of his passing. The news has been sharing with all numbers past and present of his unit. We salute Charles, thank him for his friendship, and pray he Rest In Peace.
Colonel Theresa Votinelli/USAF Ret

Tim Bodimer

October 23, 2018

Charles, he told us he preferred '"Charles" over "Charlie", was my neighbor for the past 10 years. He had wonderful stories to tell, always something interesting, but more than that, he always had time when I needed good advice, or just plain "get with it Tim" conversation. When I was away from home, Charles was there for my Mom, no matter her request. He took my kids for a ride in his plane - something that delighted them, and because Charles was the pilot, they were sure they were in good hands. A lover of the American flag , his country and all things military, that was Charles to Mom and me. May he fly with the angels and be at peace. I will miss him and his big smile. Tim Bodimer and Mother, Diane Gnau

Greg Zelinske

October 22, 2018

The men and women of the 17th MO, Company G, reenacting group enjoyed spending time with Charlie around the camp fire talking with him about his love of Country, his military deployments and flying. We will miss our lively discussions. He definitely lived a full life - saw many things the average person will never experience and achieved many of his life's objectives. For many years, whenever he could, Charlie marched in the St. Louis Veterans' Day parade with the unit. Unfortunately this year when we march in the parade it will be without your physical presence, but we know you will be there in spirit. Your comrades from the 17th MO will miss you Charlie.

Greg Zelinske, 17th Commander and friend