PIQUA - Wilbert LeRoy Gates, 76, of 910 New Haven Rd., Piqua, formerly of Sidney, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at 5:15 p.m. at his residence. He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Logan County, the son of the late Wilbert and Sadie Gates. On Sept. 19, 1959, he married Lois Jean Zwiesler, who preceded him in death June 1, 1999.
He is survived by one daughter, Sharon Dotson and husband Gary of Piqua; two brothers, Paul and Gary; one sister, Lois; eight grandchildren, Nathan Offenbacher and wife Brittany, Justin Offenbacher, Jeff Dotson, Jessie Dotson and wife Amanda, Nick, Derrick, Matthew and Andy Gates; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Steven Gates; three brothers; six sisters; and mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Wilma Zwiesler.
Mr. Gates was employed by the Stolle Corporation for more than 20 years, and then retired from the Copeland Corporation after 20 years of service.
Wilbert was an umpire for the Sidney fast pitch and hardball leagues for 20-plus years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, with the Rev. Lee Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Gates family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com