Wilbert Warren "Bill" Gates|
GRAFTON - Wilbert Warren "Bill" Gates, age 82, of Grafton, passed away Thursday, February 14 following a 2-year illness. He was born in Wellington, OH on October 5, 1930 to the late Van and Edith (nee Millis) Gates.
Bill graduated from Wellington High in 1949. He later joined the Army where he served as a Tank Commander during the Korean Conflict. Bill held many jobs throughout his life, including Manager of Lawson Milk Stores in Elyria, charter bus driver for SBS, pilot for Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary Policeman for the City of Elyria, farmer, and a delivery driver for MAC Automotive in Oberlin. He and his late wife, Louise, delivered the Elyria Chronicle Telegram for many years.
Bill was a life member of American Legion Post # 12 in Elyria, and served as the Treasurer of Grafton Baptist Church, where he was also a member. He enjoyed building model planes, bowling, and beekeeping.
He is survived by children David Gates (Carol) of Taunton, MA, Diana Jackson-Charlino (Dan) of Charlestown, WV, and Peggy Gates of Summersville, SC; step-children Jimmy Hall, Sr. (Elaine) of West Salem, OH, Robert Hall of Cincinnati, IA, Steve Hall (Debbie) of Sullivan, OH, and Kathryn Pruchinsky (Jay) and Deborah Baker (Dan), both of Lorain, OH; nephew Jerry Gates Sr. (Cindy) of Grafton; 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Pritchard-Hall, whom he married July 1, 1979; brothers Melvin Gates and Robert Charters; sister Wilma Burnham; stepson Wade Hall; and step-granddaughter Lanette Hall.
Friends may call Sunday, February 17 at the Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second St, Elyria, from 4-8 pm. Funeral Service will be at the funeral home on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10:30 am with Rev. Robert Smalley officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grafton Baptist Church, 12981 Grafton Road, Grafton, OH 44044 or Gideon's, Elyria Camp, P.O. Box 324, Elyria, OH 44036. www.buschfuneral.com
Published in www.morningjournal.com on Feb. 16, 2013