Henry Irvin (Hank) CATES

News Death Notice

CATES, Henry (Hank) Irvin 71, of Yellow Springs passed away March 1st at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Sand Gap, KY, and moved to Dayton in 1949. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1964, he joined the Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Captain and serving 2 tours in Vietnam with 3rd Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division and 3rd Bn, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Upon his return to civilian life, he began his career at Delco Moraine as a quality control engineer, retiring in 2002 from the Delphi International Quality Division. Hank received his Masters degree from UD in 1984 and taught Science & Technology and Leadership classes at the McGregor School at Antioch College for 13 years. In 1974 he received his 3rd class radio license and began to share his great love of classical music and especially opera with listeners on WYSO. He was the host of the Metropolitan Opera broadcast for nearly 30 years, first on WYSO and then on WDPR. He also served on the board of the Dayton Opera for many years. Henry is preceded in death by his mother Jessie Alexander Combs, Father Anse Cates Sr., and stepmother Ella May Cates. He is survived by long-time companion Marianne Britton, children Brian Cates, Austin TX; Maureen (John) Byrne, Hilliard, OH; Jason (Lisa) Cates; Baton Rouge, LA; their mother Patricia Henrich; and grandchildren Fiona, Aidan and Liam Byrne; stepfather Chester Combs, Berea, KY; siblings Anse (Judy) Cates Jr, Kenneth (Sylvia) Cates, Patricia (Mitchell) Click, Dolores (Philip) Frederick, Don (Larissa) Scott, Tammy (Paul) Davis, and Jerry Combs. The family will receive callers at Jackson Lytle & Lewis funeral home 233 Xenia Ave. Yellow Springs on Weds. March 6th 5-8 pm. He will be buried in the Cates family cemetery in Berea, KY. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice.


Funeral Home

Jackson Lytle Lewis Funeral Home
322 West Xenia Avenue Yellow Springs, OH 45387
(937) 399-2811

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 5, 2013