GATES, Robert L. Robert L. Gates, 79, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. He was born on October 12, 1941 to Florence and George Gates in Moscow, ID where he grew up and finished school. Robert served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. from 1963-66. After serving over- seas he returned home to the U.S. then left the Army to attend college at the University of Idaho, and graduated with a degree in radio, journalism, and electronics. Bob later met and married Margaret "Peggy" Havens in 1973, then they moved to Sagle, Idaho where he worked for a radio station in Sandpoint, ID as a news reporter and DJ. In 1986 they moved their family back to Moscow, ID where Bob and Peggy worked until they both retired. In 2018 they moved to Liberty Lake to be near their daughter. Bob was a hard working, caring husband and father who loved astronomy, science fiction, western shows or movies, country or oldies music, Elvis Presley, traveling by car with family or friends, and he liked to watch the nightly news. Bob is well remembered by his long time friends Steve Waylett, Ilda McCurry and her late husband George McCurry. Robert, a great man, loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Gates; three children, Michael S. Gates, Sheila Gates-Ping and her husband, Frank; Gary L. Gates, and his wife, Darcy, and 3 grandchildren, Alexander, Dorian, and Quinn. He is also survived by his sister, Sandy Boeholt and her husband, Ernie, and their son, Chris Boeholt and his family. Bob Gates will be deeply missed. A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at a later date in 2021 when it is deemed safe for family and friends to gather in remembrance.
Published in Spokesman-Review on Jan. 10, 2021.