Richard P. PrairieJuly 29, 1936 ~ August 21, 2017 (age 81)
Richard Paul Prairie, 81, died peacefully on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. Born in Winooski, VT to the late Michael and Jane (Lecuyer) Prairie, he was a proud Air Force veteran. He worked in computer sales for many years for Western Union and Siemens and was a faithful communicant of St. Cecilia’s Church in Wilbraham. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Marisa (Degano) Prairie, three devoted sons; Carl Prairie and his wife Barbara of Springfield, David Prairie of Tampa, FL and Jeffrey Prairie and his wife Susan of Wilbraham, seven cherished grandchildren; Stephanie Maynard, Nicole, Kristina, Michael, Richard and Ann Marie Prairie and Jennifer Nichols, 2 adored great grandchildren; Audrina and Benjamin, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Prairie in 1993. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd from 4-7pm at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. Richard’s Funeral will be Thursday at 9am from Wilbraham Funeral Home to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am at St. Cecilia’s Church, 42 Main St., Wilbraham. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.