John Prairie

August 3, 2017

obit John Prairie1March 28, 1948 – July 27, 2017

John H. Prairie, age 69 of Willmar, died Thursday morning, July 27, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Will­mar.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Inter­ment with military honors will be at Fairview Ceme­tery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home. www.peterson­brothers.com.
John Hawley Prairie was born March 28, 1948 in Marshall, the son of Harry and Ruby (Green) Prairie. He grew up near Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1966. In Septem­ber 1966 John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. Following his service in 1972, John moved to Willmar and was employed by Willmar Mu­nicipal Utilities for over 20 years. On Aug. 8, 1998 John was united in mar­riage to Bonnie Jean Lar­son and they made their home in Willmar. John was employed at several landscaping businesses throughout the Willmar and New London-Spicer areas such as: Mike’s Dock and Yard, Stacy’s Nursery, Green Lake Nursery and Frank’s Nursery, retiring in 2010. His hobbies included gardening vegetables and flowers, antiquing, fishing, dancing, bonfires with his family and friends and just being active outdoors.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Willmar; six children—Heather (Joe) Higgins of Coon Rapids, Seth Prairie of Willmar, Laura Gaarsland of Fargo, North Dakota, Hannah Prairie of Willmar, Kyle (Sarah) Baklund of Sauk Rapids and Dena Matrious of Sauk Rapids; 10 grand­children—Joey, Devin, Madison, Kaden, Payton, Christian, Samairah, Cart­er, Faith and Jameson. Also surviving is one brother, Mike Prairie of Willmar, and a sister-in-law, Ly­nette Prairie of Marshall, besides other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Cass Prairie in 1996, brother Bruce Prairie and son-in-law Joe Gaarsland.