KINGS MOUNTAIN - Bertram Howard "Papaw Bert" Rote, 72, passed away Jan. 31, 2013, at Kings Mountain Hospital.
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He was born April 19, 1940, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Clifford and Viola Wack Rote.
Bertram served in the United States Air Force and was a member of Glory Bound Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Papaw Bert was known to all for his wood crafts and especially pulpits.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alice Rote; son, Scott Rote and wife Gail of Bessemer City; Mary Ann Melton who he raised like a daugh-ter; sister, Viola Banks of Buffalo, NY; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; two grand-daughters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two daughters, Melissa and Sandra Rote; one son, Timmy Rote; three sisters and two brothers.
Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City with Pastor Michael Rote officiating.
Interment will follow at Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery with full military rites by Bessemer City American Legion Post 243 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com.
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 2, 2013