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Roy Roger Gates


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Roy Roger Gates Obituary
Roy Roger Gates FORT WORTH--Roy Roger Gates, 93, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, Texas. Roy was born Feb. 16, 1924. He was the last survivor of Ralph and Libby Gates. Roy spent his youth on a farm in Little Pine, Minn. Roy joined the Navy at 17 and was stationed on a destroyer, which was sunk by a German submarine, off the coast of France. He was rescued along with the other survivors after 27 hours in the icy waters. At the end of World War II, it was back to Minnesota until 1947, when he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base for 12 years. Roy worked on B-36's and B-52's. Roy was also stationed in New Mexico, El Paso, Japan and Vietnam. SURVIVORS: Wife of 64 years, Idella Hammons Gates; niece, Wanda Fletcher of Emily, Minn.; daughters, Debbie Collyer of Saginaw, Texas, Dianne Parks (Dart) of Minnesota; son, Roger (Lisa) and grandsons, Ryan and Tyler, of Arlington, Texas; brother-in-law, Donald Hammons (Jeanette).
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Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 5, 2017
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