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Willie "Junior" Bates

May 6, 1950 - June 10, 2018
Born in Pike Co., Kentucky
Resided in Galion, Ohio
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Willie ''Junior'' Bates, 68, of Galion, died Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Ohio Health Mansfield, Mansfield.

Junior was born in Pike Co., KY on May 6, 1950 to the late Willie Bates, Sr. and Ramie (Isaacs) Bates Roberts. He married Geneva (Risner) Bates on October 15, 1973 and she survives him.

He had worked for the former Crane Plumbing in Mansfield. Junior was proud of his family and his grandchildren were very special to him. Junior loved serving the Lord and was a member of the Unity Free Will Baptist Church, Galion. Second to his family, he loved classic cars. He enjoyed watching UK basketball, boxing, and Street Outlaws. Junior loved socializing, telling stories and making people laugh. He was a part of the ROMEO club (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and could be found having breakfast in the mornings at McDonald’s or with the “Do Nothing Club” having lunch at Wendy’s.

In addition to his wife, Geneva, he is survived by his two children, William Gregory and Angie Bates of Medina, and Jennifer Bates of Galion; his two grandchildren, Liam Gregory Bates and Kaitlynn Michell Bates; his siblings, Clyde and Rosie Bates of Galion, Ray and Kathy Bates of Melvin, KY, Lester and Joyce Bates of Somerset, KY, Jack and Beth Bates of Galion, Evelyn Johnson of Galion, Rhonda and Lloyd Slone of Galion, and Patty and Leck Ward of Columbus; his sisters-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” Bates and Brenda Bates; his brothers-in-law, Ray Ward and Delmar Walls; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Allie Roberts; his brother-in-law, Charles Johnson; siblings, Tennis and Edna Mae Bates, Ann Ward, Chester Bates, Otis Cleo Bates, Jean and Frank Little, and Mabel Bock-Walls.

Friends may call on Thursday June 14, 2018 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way North, Galion, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, with Pastor David Bates officiating. Burial will follow at Dapper Cemetery, Crestline.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, Galion
303 Portland Way North
Galion, OH US 44833
Thursday, June 14, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, Galion
303 Portland Way North
Galion, OH US 44833
Thursday, June 14, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dapper Cemetery
6871 Remlinger Road
Crestline, Ohio Crawford 44827
Thursday, June 14, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


To the family
303 Portland Way North
Galion, Ohio 44833