Robert-Bates  Jr.-Obituary

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Robert Spencer Bates Jr.

Sebring, Florida

Jul 26, 1938 – Jul 31, 2020 (Age 82)


July 26, 1938
July 31, 2020
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

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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.


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