Saturday, April 1, 2017 ~ 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Military Honors by American Legion Post #129
Memorials may be sent to the family for future designation to:
Gary Bates, 108 Searight Dr; Baden, PA. 15005
Jerald R. Bates, 91, formerly of Ashland, NE, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, NE. He was born May 24, 1925 in Elba, NE to Tim and Gladys (Nelson) Bates.
Jerry was a graduate of Ashland High School and the owner of Jerry’s Tire Service in Ashland.He was an active member of the Sesostris Temple in Lincoln, NE ,Comet Lodge #229 AF & AM Masonic Lodge and the Ashland United Methodist Church. Jerry had a strong love for music, he directed the Shrine Band and the Dance Band for many years. Jerry was a proud US Navy Veteran stationed on the USS Kitkun Bay during WWII receiving two purple hearts and served from Aug. 14, 1943 to Dec. 17, 1945. He was a 70 year member of American Legion Post #129 and played the bugle for their Honor Guard.
He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary & Suzanne Bates of Baden, PA; four grandchildren, Katherine (Vincent) Salvi of Pittsburgh, PA, Elizabeth (Madna) Bates of Tinton Falls, NJ, Alan (Lisa) Bates of Portland, OR; and Lisa (Chris) Winkler of San Diego, CA; six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife Phyllis (Raikes), son, Philip; one sister and one brother.