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Gene Alan Bates


1938 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Gene Alan Bates Obituary
Bates, Gene Alan; age 75; passed away on May 13, 2014; at his home. Gene was born on July 30, 1938, in Ithaca Michigan, where he resided his entire life. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1956 and retired from the Gratiot County Road Commission after 38 years of service. He married Lois Ann Evitts October 19, 1957. He served in the Michigan National Guard Alma Unit for 8 years. He loved fishing on Drummond Island, playing with his antique tractors, and was a long time member of the A-Tractive Tractor Club. He is survived by his 3 children, Scott (Susan) Bates of Ithaca, David (Laura) Bates of Ithaca, and Lorraine Bates of Roscommon. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Bates of Ithaca; and sister, Ruth Ann Cratsenburg of Harrison. He also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, Benjamin (Tracey) Bates of Portage, Stephanie Traver of Grayling, Angela Bates of Lexington, Kentucky, William Traver of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Jared Bates of Ithaca, Evan Traver of Roscommon, Nash LeBean of Millington, as well as 11 great grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Lois Ann Bates; his parents, Barney and Jessamine Bates; brother, Harlan Bates; nephew, Alan Bates; and special friend, Cathie Havens. Funeral Services for Gene will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca with Pastor Jana Almeida officiating. Burial will follow at Ithaca Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lincoln Road United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.bardenfuneralhome.com.
Published in Morning Sun on May 15, 2014
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