William Artimus Prater, 68, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, in Kansas City, MO. He was born July 18, 1944, in Kansas City, KS, to Lloyd and Madge Prater. A lifelong resident of Kansas City, MO, Bill graduated from Manual High School in 1963. In 1964, he began his business career owning and operating a full-service gas station. Bill next worked as a forklift mechanic for M. Lyon Company. For many years he owned and operated B&H Wrecking and later he established a building demolition and architectural salvage business, becoming widely known as an expert in his field. As a master mechanic, Bill also enjoyed collecting and repairing bulldozers, tractors and other large equipment. He was an excellent restorer of woodwork antiques, and became an avid supporter of the arts as well as a collector.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary Ann Traylor; sons James (Lina) Prater, Mark Prater, Brian (Kara) Paisner and daughter Rachel Prater; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brother Robert L. Prater of Overland Park and sister Rosemary (Abel) Guevara of San Antonio. Bill, who never met a stranger, ended most conversations with “have a nice day now” and sincerely meant it. He met his death doing what he loved to do and he died with his boots on. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends will be received at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO on Friday, May 3 from 4-7 p.m. Services and interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108. Condolences may be left for the family at www.muehlebachchapel.com.
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