THORNTON, Colo. - Robert Lee Bates passed away Aug. 13, 2013, at his home in Thornton, Colo. from leukemia. He was born July 21, 1940, in Columbus, and was the oldest of seven children.
He lived in Piqua until 1979, when he moved his family to Colorado, where he resided until his death. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1968 and spent the next 38 years as a journeyman electrician until he retired in 2006.
Robert is survived by six siblings, Connie Tennery, David Bates, Vicki Couchot, Paul Bates, Cathy Tate and Karla Harmon; and ex-wife Nancy Bates, all of the Piqua area; four children, Mark Dowty of Sidney, Mardelle Friesen of Memphis, Tenn. Brian Bates of Denver, Colo., and Karyn Hatfield of Thornton, Colo.; seven grandchidren and seven great-grandchildren, with another on the way. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Kessler in 2006.
He was a 1960 graduate of Piqua Central High School and his priority in life was his family and he did everything he could to make sure they were always taken care of and had a place to live. He loved to go fishing and spent time during his last few years going to the pond near his house until his body wouldn't let him do it anymore. He was diagnosed with CML-Chronic Maelogenic Leukemia in April 2005. He spent the last 8 1/2 years battling to stay alive as long as possible but on Aug. 13 his body lost the battle. He will be misssed by many.
Burial was Aug. 19, at Fort Logan National Cemetary, Denver Colo. with military honors.
Published in Piqua Daily Call from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, 2013