George Gates

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INDEPENDENCE - George Frederic Gates Jr. was born January 5, 1925, at Independence, Iowa, the son of George F. Gates and Margaret Parker Gates. He attended the country schools and Winthrop High School where he graduated with the class of 1942. George served his country during WWII by entering the Navy in 1944 and serving as an Aviation Ordinance Man until his honorable discharge in 1946.
George was united in marriage to Alberta Hopf on September 30, 1945 at the Congregational Church in Winthrop, Iowa. To this union were born three daughters: Nancy, Darcy, and Tracy. The family farmed west of Winthrop for many years, and George worked for the Iowa DOT as a Heavy Equipment Operator for 25 years. After moving to Independence, Iowa, at retirement, George continued to visit the farm as frequently as possible.
George was a member of the Church of Christ United in Winthrop, the Winthrop American Legion, a fifty year member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Two Cylinder Tractor Club. He and Alberta enjoyed traveling, camping, attending auctions, and collecting antique tractors such as John Deere, J.D. Case, and Allis Chalmers. He loved his dogs and always had one at his side or riding with him in his red truck or tractor cab.
At 85 years of age, George entered into his eternal rest on Saturday, February 27, 2010, at West Village Care Center in Independence following a short illness.
Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Janice Weigel.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta, of 64 years, of Independence; his three daughters: Nancy (Bob) Gates-Lee of Lighthouse Point, FL; Darcy (Jim) Fangman of Ste.Genevieve, MO; and Tracy (Bill) Reed of Marion, Iowa; three step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren; two sisters: Barbara (Chuck) Brigham of Guemes Island, WA and Harriet (Roger) Marshall of Mesa, AZ; one brother, Robert Gates of Puyallup, WA; one brother-in-law, Clifford Weigel of Guemas Island, WA; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. George is also survived by his loving lap dogs, Leah and Robin. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 11 AM in the Church of Christ United at Winthrop with Pastor Dean Schlitter officiating. Music will be provided by Dr. Don and Anita Bowden. Casketbearers will be: Ronald Pomeroy, Truman Johnson, Robert Sydnes, Allen Sydnes, Alan Boies, and Richard Simons. Honorary Casketbearers will be: Leo Sand, Louis Piazzon, Virgil Bateman, Clarence Bitterman, Lloyd Smith, and Harold Schneider. Inurnment of his cremains will be in Wilson Cemetery at a date to be announced next summer. Friends may call from 5 PM until 7 PM Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop and after 10 AM Thursday at the Church of Christ United.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Mar. 3 to Mar. 6, 2010