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Robert Patrick "Motorboat" "Bob" Bates

1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robert Patrick "Motorboat" "Bob" Bates Obituary
Bates, Robert Patrick "Bob"


has made his last call out. On August 4, 2017 at the age of 79, Bob's big rig ran out of gas while surrounded by his family.

Bob was born October 29, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana and baptized at Notre Dame. He served in the United States Navy and was a truck driver by trade. He was a master of road maps and distasteful jokes. He enjoyed reading, piddling around, aggravating anyone, good food and obnoxious tee shirts. Bob was the reason the term "Bates time" was coined.

Bob always said when he died they would cut his head open and road maps would fall out. He generously donated his body to science so University of Louisville students could study this anomaly.

Bob's almost 80 year journey forged miles of laughter, generosity, compassion and wisdom.

Bob leaves behind a family he was very proud of including his wife of 54 years and love of his life Mary E. Bates; daughter Christine; daughter and son-in-law Andy and Albert Morriss; son Michael Bates; daughter and son-in-law Mary Beth and Sean Silvernagel; son and daughter-in-law Robert Daniel "Dan" and Aimee Bates; grandchildren Scott, Douglas Rice, Albert Morriss, Heather Morriss, Ashley Benningfield, Elizabeth "Elly" Bates, Avery, Alex, and Evan Silvernagel, Maddox Bates; great grandchildren, Josephine, Conner, and Tanner, Kaydee Straw, and Colton McAtee; half brother Michael Bates; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Bob is preceded in death by his Ma and Pa, parents, and granddaughter Nicole Morriss.

His family and friends will be celebrating his life Saturday, August 19 at the Brownsboro Community Center in Crestwood, KY at 2 p.m.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 14, 2017
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