BATES, Robert C. Robert C. Bates, age 83, passed away peacefully at home on October 16th, 2013. He was born April 15th, 1930 in San Francisco to Beda Marie Stone and Thomas J. Bates. Robert married his wife of 53 years, Dora (Greenly), and they lived in Spokane while raising their three children: Hilary Bates, Felicia Bates and Eugene Bates and grandchild Forest Bates. Robert and Dora were lifelong members of KSPS. He served in the Korean War, and then worked as an engineer for the U.S. government. He was also a ski instructor and the ski school director at Mt. Spokane. His main passion was fly fishing. He received many awards for teaching and community service. He is survived by his children, Hilary, Felicia and Eugene, daughter-in-law Leora Bates and his grandchildren Forest, Madison, Sierra and Melissa. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Dora. He was a caring and loving man and we will all miss him. Services will be at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 9706 N. Division St., Spokane, WA, Monday October 21st, at 5 PM.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Oct. 20, 2013