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Jay Everett Prather

April 28, 1959 - February 15, 2019
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Jay Everett Prather

Jay Everett Prather

Born: April 28, 1959
Died: February 15, 2019
Age: 59

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Jay Prather of Spencer, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2019, at his home.

   Jay Everett Prather was born April 28, 1959, to Virgil and Darlene (Amis) Prather in Spencer, Iowa.  He graduated from Spencer High School in 1977, and from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1979, with a degree in Agriculture Banking.

   Jay lived most of his life in Spencer except when he was in college and when he lived and worked in Colorado.  When he moved back from Colorado, he worked as a Pressman at Heartland Press.  He also worked for his uncle, Everett Amis and various other places in Spencer.

   Throughout his life, some of his favorite things were to work on the farm, and volunteer for various groups in the community. He was involved with the Two Cylinder Club, Iowa Great Lakes Antique Auto Club, Albert City Thresherman’s Club and the First Congregational Church.  Jay was also a Mason.  For many years he spent every fall coordinating the Antique Car Club’s tent at the Clay County Fair.

   Jay is survived by his parents, Virgil and Darlene Prather of Spencer IA; brothers: John Prather of Spencer IA, and Jim (Barb) Prather and niece, Stephanie Prather of Hudson, IA; aunt, Verlie Amis of Greenville IA; uncle, Dana (Carole) Prather of Kansas City MO, and several cousins. 

   Jay is preceded in death by his grandparents: John and Elna Prather, Farris and Anna Amis; uncle, Everett Amis; and aunt, Geraldine Amis.

   Memorials may be directed to the family for later distribution.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the First Congregational Church in Spencer.

Masonic Services will be conducted by the Evening Shade Lodge #312 A.F. & A.M.
Rev. Wendy Van Tassell
Dennis Hussey
Andy Johnstone
Erik Anderson
Ayla Sennert
Greg Raper
Mark Boyd

Honorary Bearers
Robert Johnson
Karl Lind
Ralph Lundt
John Blair
Bob Rose
David Gustin
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Organist - Elina Ozolins
Congregational Hymns
"Here I Am, Lord"
"Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, February 22, 2019 at 9:33 AM
“So sorry for the loss of your son. May Jesus wrap his arms around you and you feel his comfort !”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:35 AM
“Sorry to hear about Jay. Years ago, we worked together at Swanson's Supermarket.”
- Tracy Remillard
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11:52 AM
“Darlene and Virgil, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel this road! Please know God's grace will surround you and comfort you! We love you!”
- Marlene and Brad Cornett
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 8:13 AM
“Darlene and Virgil, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child must be the hardest thing to handle, but with God's help I know you will make it thru.”
- Judy Langholz
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:46 AM
“I was sorry to hear about Jay’s passing. May loving memories help to ease your pain.”
- Michelle Hummel Young
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:28 AM
“Prayers go out to jays family. Jay was a good neighbor when my wife and i live beside him. God bless his family”
- Jerry Menke
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:28 AM
“Darlene,Virg, and Brothers and Families, I am so very sorry..Sending many many prayers and hugs...”
- penny bussell
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:52 PM
“Virgil and Darlene, So sorry for your loss. David&Janel Maurer”
- David Maurer
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:52 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the entire Prather family. Jay left this earth too soon. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort. ”
- Julie Williams
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:52 PM
“Please accept my deepest condolences. The Prather boys and their parents were my extended family growing up.”
- Tony Sweet
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:52 PM
“Darlene, Virgil, John and Jim,

So many great memories of Jay during our youth - times in Spencer on Sunday afternoons and riding motorcycles on the farm. May God grant you peace this week and always.

- Brian Klatt
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4:06 PM
“Virgil. Darlene, John, Jim and family. So sorry to here of this loss. May God wrap you in his arms and guide you through this time.”
- Becky and Mike Hatting
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:58 AM
“Virgil, Darlene, John, and sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. May the Lord give you comfort and peace.”
- Joel Klatt
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:44 AM
“Dearest Darlene & Virgil, John an Jim; Jay was truly an individual to consider a friend over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, it is our prayer that God's grace and peace encamps over and around you and your family during this time. That the celebration of Jay's life be full of richness & sweet memories...”
- Jay & Janet Selzer
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:36 PM
“Virgil and Darlene, extending my sympathy to you. ”
- Betty Carlson
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:35 PM
“We are so sorry. Your St. Timothy family will hold you in their prayers. May God’s strength carry you and God’s love come especially close. ”
- Pastor Beth
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 8:35 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. Peace and comfort to the family at this time of loss.”
- Jack and Lorri Slaymaker
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 4:22 PM
“Virgil and Darlene sorry to hear of Jays passing. May the Lord give u peace at this time”
- Kevin klatt
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM
“John-I am sorry to hear this news. Peace be with you at this sad time.”
- Laura Hanna
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 12:40 PM
“Virgil and Darlyn and family im so sorry for your loss.”
- Fern Falline
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