PARKMAN TWP. – Richard A. Gates, age 84, of Parkman Township, passed away at home on Nov. 16, 2021, surrounded by his beloved family.
Born Jan. 13, 1937, in Troy Township, to Vernon and Bertha Gates, he attended Troy school and then Middlefield High School. Richard graduated in 1955. He joined the Army Reserve, serving for six years.
He joined his father in the family construction business known as Gates Construction. At his dad’s retirement, Richard took over the business, and later his son Ronald Gates joined as a partner.
Richard was an avid fisherman and went to Canada every year to fish with his friends, and three sons, and later with his three grandsons. He also loved snowmobiling and 4-wheeling. He shared many vacations, especially cruises with his wife, Beverly.
He leaves behind his wife, Beverly, of 59 years; three sons, Rick Gates (Christine), Ronald Gates (Nicole) and Randall W. Gates; grandchildren, Brian Gates (fiancé Emmie), Nicholas Gates (Alina), Anna Gates, Dr. Samantha Bosak (Frank) and Matthew Gates; cousins, Elizabeth Hagen and Joseph Hagen (Susan); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Bertha Gates; and brother, Dale Gates.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Sara Hershberger for her compassionate care and love to Richard the last four years.
A private family funeral service was held. It will be live streamed at 11 a.m. on YouTube and Facebook on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to: Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH 44062; or Parkman Fire Department, 16299 Main Market Road, West Farmington, OH 44491.
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