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Benedict A. DePrater, 86, of 214 Taft Rd., St. Marys, died at his home on Thursday, June 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Riceville Corners, Pa., a son of the late Edward and Rosa Frey DePrater. On May 4, 1946 in St. Mary's Church, he married Phyllis Auman DePrater, who survives.
Mr. DePrater had been a resident of St. Marys since returning from the war.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during WWII with the 63rd Infantry Division, Blood and Fire, from 1943-1945.Â He received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.Â He was also awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in action in 1945.Â He retired from Stackpole Carbon Company in 1982 after more than 42 years of service.Â
In addition to his wife of more than 66 years, Phyllis Auman DePrater, he is survived by a daughter, Linda Ferris of St. Marys; three sons, Stephen DePrater and his wife Doris of St. Marys, David DePrater and his wife Mary of Johnsonburg, and Bradley DePrater and his wife Mary Ellen of Valley View, Texas; eightÂ grandchildren; 10Â great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances, Anita, Edna and Grace; four brothers, Quentin, a WWII casualty, William, George and Andrew DePrater; a grandson, Dwayne Ferris; and a son-in-law, James Ferris.
He was the last member of his immediate family.Â
A Mass of Christian Burial for Benedict A. DePrater will be celebrated at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Church Street, St. Marys, on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at noon, with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., as celebrant.
A military service will be conducted by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.Â
Burial will be follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, on Saturday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
In lieu of ï¬‚owers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com.