SOUTHINGTON - Ronald O. Bates, 78, of Southington, passed away on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, after a brief illness.
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He was born Feb. 14, 1931 in New Britain to the late Elmer and Mildred (Orvis) Bates and was a true Valentine every day of his life. Ron was employed as a proud truck driver for most of his life at Suzio's, Uniroyal, F&F, Bozzuto's and Timex. He was an avid Yankees fan and loved visiting family and friends as often as possible. Ron was a proud Marine who served in the Korean War.
He leaves behind his son, Michael Bates and his wife, Kathleen, of Meriden; daughters, Rhonda St. Martin and her husband, Edmond, of Southington, Susan Bates, of Terryville, and Nancy Bates, of Brattleboro, Vt.; his sister, Alma "Sis" Vincent and husband, Carl, of Florida; two brothers, Lowell Bates and wife, Barbara, also of Florida, and Richard Bates and wife, Ellen, of Waterbury; his former wife, Barbara Bates, of Southington; his nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Kenneth "Bud" Bates Sr. and Gerald "Gerry" Bates Sr.; his daughter, Linda Bates Martin Socha; and his close friend, Jack Tully.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m., at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St., Plantsville. Burial with full military honors will follow in West Cemetery, Plainville. Calling hours are Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. For online condolences and directions please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.
Plantsville Funeral Home
975 South Main Street Plantsville, CT 06479
Published in The Record-Journal on Oct. 28, 2009