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Albert E. Gates

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Albert E. Gates was born August 14, 1915, to Alonzo E. Gates and Annie Brown Gates in Laredo, Texas. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2009. He grew up on the family ranch outside of Bruni, Texas, on Hwy 59 just west of Freer, and at 1510 Market St. in Laredo and was "A Cowboy by Choice". He attended grade school and high school in Laredo and was also an Eagle Scout. He attended both Texas A&I and Texas A&M and worked for the PCA before WWII. During the war he was in the Army Air Corp, first stationed at Williams Field outside of Phoenix, AZ, and then at UCLA where he studied Italian. Later he was stationed at Camp Perry, Ohio watching over Italian prisoners of war. Albert and Dorothy-Jean met at a USO dance in Greeley, CO, during the war and married on Feb. 3, 1946, in Pueblo, CO. They made their home in Laredo and at the Espejo Ranch near Catarina. Albert and Dorothy-Jean have four children: Richard (Laurie) Gates, Linda (Don) Pederson, Louise (Ernie) Davis and Tom (Diane) Gates. Albert was a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattleraiser's Assoc., the First Federal Savings & Loan in Laredo, the First National Bank of Carrizo Springs and also a regent at North Texas State University. He was instrumental in helping get the Screwworm Eradication Program going in Texas and Mexico. He and Dorothy-Jean enjoyed traveling with Dick Crow on ranch tours around the U.S. and the world. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his four children, and six grandchildren, Barry Gates, Carroll Gates; Northcott (Tyneil) McFaddin, Thomas (Samantha) Gates, Jr, Lesley Pederson and Lindsey Pederson. He is also survived by four nephews, Don, Tex and David Elliott, Lonnie Gates; one niece, Laura Gates; as well as grandnieces and nephews. Dad is fondly remembered for loving to recount stories from their many travels; for being the "Trail Boss" on many trips around the U.S. with friends from Laredo. Dad was still performing his duties at the ranch until early May, driving around the ranch checking water, fence lines and his beloved cows. Dad lived a good and long life taking care of his wife and family and fought the good fight until the end. We will miss him dearly. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 26, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels, 1410 Jacaman Rd. Graveside services will be held on Monday morning, July 27, 2009 at 10 a.m., at the Gates ranch cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: WINGS-Laredo, P.O. Box 450211, Laredo, Texas 78405; or to a charity of your choice. We invite you to express your condolences to the family online at Arrangements are under the direction of the funeral service professionals at
Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels,
1410 Jacaman Rd.;
(956) 722-8850.
Published in Express-News on July 27, 2009