Robert-Bates  Jr.-Obituary

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Robert Spencer Bates Jr.

Sebring, Florida

Jul 26, 1938 – Jul 31, 2020 (Age 82)

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BORN
July 26, 1938
DIED
July 31, 2020
AGE
82
LOCATION
Sebring, Florida

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Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home - Sebring Obituary

Robert Spencer Bates Jr., 82, passed away on July 31, 2020. He was the son of the late Robert S. Bates Sr and Kathleen Schaaf . He was born in Youngstown, OH on July 26, 1938. Robert had been a resident of Highlands County for 21 years , formerly living in Ohio. Robert served in the US Navy and worked in the steel mills. He is survived by his loving wife Cathie of 41 years; son -  Timothy Bates (Brenda) of Austintown, OH; step-sons -William Welling (Tracey) of Lakeland, FL; David Welling (Reylynn) of Youngstown, OH; Kenneth Welling of Niles, OH; step-daughter – Christina Marsh (Ray) of Pompano Beach, FL; brother – Paul Bates (Mayo) of Berlin, OH. Surviving are also 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Kathy L. Hawley.


Arrangements entrusted to:


Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home


4001 Sebring Parkway


Sebring, FL 33870


Online condolences may be left at:


www.stephensonnelsonfh.com


 

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Worked with Bob in the mill for 36 yrs. Had only a few occasions in the last 21 yrs.seeing him when his coming back from Florida for a short time. Came as a shock of his passing. I still remember my wife and I helping his wife Kathy taking some of their things to their residence in Florida as Bob was still working. So sorry, losing friends and friends our age.

Bob was a delight to be around. Always had some great stories about golf, jazz music, and horses. He enjoyed life. Rest in Peace. We will miss you.

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.