PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Charles R. Gates Sr., 95, of Pittsfield, formerly of Independence, Mo., died Sunday (Feb. 10, 2013) in the Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield.
Charles was born Jan. 27, 1918, in Baylis, a son of Dr. Charles W. and Anna Elliott Gates. He married Nellie Marie Couch on July 3, 1938, in Pittsfield.S She died Jan. 8, 2005. On July 17, 1971, Charles married Frieda L. Faerber, and she died Jan. 17, 1999.
Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. After his service discharge, he farmed for several years in New Salem in Pike County. In 1953 he started driving over the road as a truck driver for Wheelock Brothers and continued driving for Eastern Express and Yellow Freight for 27 years, retiring on May 1, 1980. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 710-Chicago for 12 years, a member of K.C. Local 41 for 15 years and had been a member of Teamsters Retiree Club since 1980.
He was a member of American Legion Post 021 and a lifetime member of VFW
1000 of Independence, Mo. He was an affiliated past master of Mount Washington Masonic Lodge 614, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star, a 32nd degree Mason, affiliated past worthy patron of Order of Eastern Star 423, past high priest of Royal Arch Masons 142 of Independence, and a member of Scottish Rite of Kansas City and the Ararat Shrine of Kansas City. Other memberships included Raytown Shrine Club, Ararat V.I.P. Club, Past Master Club, Legion of Honor Club, the Provost Club, the Ballroom Dance Club, Carnival Dance Club of Kansas City, Kan., Moose Lodge No.10 of Sugar Creek, Mo., Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 385 of Independence, and Elks Lodge
No. 26 of Kansas City, Mo. Charlie was secretary and treasurer of Mount Washington Masonic Building Board Association for 20 years.
Charles was a member of Noland Road Baptist Church, having served as a deacon for several years. He joined Regular Baptist of Griggsville in 1947, served as Sunday school superintendent for three years and farm manager for several years. In 1973 he transferred to Noland Road Church.
Charles is survived by his six children, Linda Rose Gates of Carlock, Charles (Mary) Gates Jr. of Pittsfield, James (Stacy) Gates of Newark, Del., the Rev. Craig (Pam) Gates of Bloomington, Matthew (Jo) Gates of Alpha and Mark Gates of Belleville; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Liz Porter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Florence White, Mildred Dennison and Eloise Siegel; and two brothers, John Gates and Thomas Gates.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Monday in Highland Park Funeral Home, 38th and State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Interment will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kan.
VISITATION: 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Noland Road Baptist Church building fund, 4505 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64055, or Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Activity Fund, in care of the Niebur Funeral Home, 530 W. Adams, Pittsfield, IL 62363.
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
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