Roy Paul Gates Jr.
1921 - 2013
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Mr. Roy Paul Gates, Jr., age 91, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Miramar Beach, Fla. He was born July 25, 1921, in New York, N.Y., to Roy Gates Sr. and Irene Estey Gates.
Mr. Gates was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., for 15 years moving from Dallas, Texas. He was a veteran of WWII serving his country in the United States Army, as a second lieutenant in the 101st Air Borne Division Company E. He was a member of the Bike Club and Camel Club in Santa Rosa Beach.
Mr. Gates is preceded in death by his parents and one son-in-law, Harry Richard Dannaker.
Mr. Gates is survived by his two daughters, Anne Dannaker of Westchester, Pa., and Hellen Jane Martin and husband, R.D., of Lake Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Sean Richard Dannaker and wife, Sheri, and Michael James Dannaker and wife, Doris; and one great-granddaughter, Mia.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Camel Club; 247 East Hewitt Road, Santa Rosa beach, FL 32459.
You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 16, 2013.
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March 4, 2013
My wife and I knew Roy when we live in Santa Rosa Beach in the early 2000's. When we were out of town Roy would stay at our home and "baby-sit" our dog. We would run into Roy when we returned to the beach for vacations. He would alway ask us, "How's my girl Harley?" (our dog). A good man who will be greatly missed.
John Moores
February 25, 2013
To a brother in the band. Rest well, Roy, til we meet again, Frank.
Frank Soboleski
February 25, 2013
Eindhoven Liberation
In 2005 I drove you and 16 other Easy Companyveterans thru Normandy, Belgium and Holland. I will never forget your friendly smile. Respect from FREE Eindhoven, Steph Leenhouwers
Steph Leenhouwers
February 21, 2013
Rest in peace Mr. Gates. You will be sadly missed. Soft landings trooper. Thank you very much for your service.
Ronald Ooms
February 17, 2013
RIP Airborne! and thank you for your sacrifice and service...

Still serving,
SFC Albert J. Brady
Jax, FL
Albert Brady
February 16, 2013
Mr.Roy..It was my pleasure and honor to be one of the nurses with you at Grand Boulevard.You always had a smile,a quick wit,and humbleness about you that was so endearing.You never complained,always happy just to simply "be".You had a great impact on so many.You would not realize this because you did not seek attention,only love and friendship.You, Sir, have made people like me a better human for having known you.It was a distinct honor.Rest well until we all see one another again!With Love,sandy
Sandy Poore
February 16, 2013
Last year I was priviledged to sing and play my ukulele at the nursing home. When I finished and said I was returning to Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Gates came up to me and said, "Is the Seelbach still there?" I said it was and we went on to talk a few minutes. I then attempted to visit him another time but his door was closed and his roommate was undergoing a procedure so I never did get to visit. But, I was able to return to Louisville and write him a note telling him how proud I was to have met him and what a priviledge it was to be in the presence of a hero like him. God bless his family and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him.
Dee Ann Ekman
February 16, 2013
I knew Roy Gates for only a few weeks before he died. Mr. Gates had befriended a friend of mine who still resides at Grand Boulevard, and was extraordinarily supportive of my friend. He was proud of his service in "Easy Company" and a true American patriot to the end.
Michael Dwyre
February 16, 2013
I did not know Mr. Gates, but knowing what he went through for the freedoms that we all enjoy, May God Bless him. Rest in Peace.
David Smith
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