Robert L. Bates
In Loving Memory
July 21, 1940
Columbus, Ohio

Passed Away
August 13, 2013
Thornton, Colorado

Robert Lee Bates passed away on August 13, 2013 at his home in Thornton Colorado from Leukemia. He was born on July 21, 1940 in Columbus Ohio and was the oldest of 7 children. He lived in Piqua Ohio until 1980 when he moved his family to Colorado where he resided until his death. He served in the Unites States Air Force from 1960 to 1968 and then spent the next 38 years as an Electrician until he retired in 2006.

Robert is survived by his 6 siblings David Bates, Connie Tennery, Paul Bates, Vicki Couchot, Cathy Tate and Karla Harmon (all reside in Piqua OH), ex-Wife Nancy Bates (Piqua, OH), his 4 children Mark Dowty (Sidney, OH), Mardelle Friesen (Memphis, TN), Brian Bates (Denver, CO), Karyn Hatfield (Thornton, CO). He had 6 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren with another on the way.

His priority in life was his family and he did everything he could to make sure they were always taken care of and had a place to live. He really loved to go fishing and spent time during his last few years going to the pond near his house until his body wouldn't let him do it anymore. He was diagnosed with CML - Chronic Maelogenic Leukemia in April 2005 which was caused by "Vietnam-Era Herbicide Exposure" (Agent Orange) while serving in the Air Force. He spent the last 8 1/2 years battling to stay alive as long as possible, but on August 13, 2013 his body was worn out and he lost his battle. He loved his family very much and made sure to tell them at every opportunity. He will be missed by many!

Robert L. Bates
Memorial Service:
8/19/2013 12:30 pm., Fort Logan National Cemetery, staging area "B"

Memorial Guest Book

Char Blackler & Robert Armstrong

Sorry for your loss. A life is not worth living unless it is missed. His was very worth while.

Cathy Tate

To his children my deepest sympathy, never easy to lose someone but your dad even harder. Love and prayers to you.

Diane Beaver

Prayers of comfort for you all and especially thinking of Karyn and Brian. Love Uncle Dan and Aunt Diane

Karyn Bates Hatfield

I miss you so much Dad! I love you too