Earl R. Kates, 72, of Jim Thorpe, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Allentown.
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He had worked at Miller's Pretzel Factory, Asplundh Tree Services (foreman) and retired from Split Rock Resort.Born in Cherryville, he was a son of the late Earl J. and Viola (Harwick) Kates.
- He was the husband of Leona M. (Bos-sons) Kates for 48 years.
His hobbies were antique cars, auctions and flea markets.
Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Donna, wife of Joseph Corrocher, and Amanda Sherman, and her fiancé, Doug Romig Sr.; two sons, Scott, and his wife, Teruko, and Steve, and his wife, Terri; three brothers, Allen, and his wife, Millie, Larry, and his wife, Betty, and Clarance, and his wife, Liz; three sisters, Pat, wife of Jerry VanLuvanee, Viola Bachert and Ann Guth; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by three brothers, Raymond, Bill and Richard.
Service: Funeral service noon Saturday, Oct. 6, Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe. Call 10:30 a.m.-noon.