He was born on July 15, 1952, in Adams County, Indian, the son of the late Glen E. and Annis K. (Marbaugh) Bates. On November 17, 2001, he married the former Rhonda Miller who survives.
Other family members include his four children, Brandon L. (Alicia) Bates of Adams County, IN, Brenden N. (Marci) Bates of Willshire, Jessica L. Bates of Fort Wayne, IN, and Joshua A. (Kimberly) Bates of Van Wert; a sister, Donna Jean Williamson of Willshire; twelve grandchildren, Sean Mendez, Halle Beougher, Hunter Bates, Bailey Bates, Parker Bates, Bo Bates, Kaiden Bates, Devin Hairston, Aliviah Bates, Ben Bates, Mya Hairston, and Owen Bates; his father & mother-in-law, Lonnie and Sue Miller of Grover Hill; two brothers-in-law, Tim (Jackie) Miller of Fort Jennings, and Tony (Staci) Miller of Grover Hill; and a sister-in-law, Nancy (Wade) Carnes of Celina.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald E. Bates.
Bill was a 1970 graduate of Parkway High School. He retired from Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne and trained harness horses. He was a member of the Van Wert County Harness Horsemenís Association, the Mercer County Harness Horsemenís Association, and the United States Trotting Association. He had been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, but his family was his life - especially sharing sporting events with his grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Rev. Rex Roth officiating. Interment will follow at Middle Creek Cemetery near Grover Hill. Calling hours are Thursday 1 - 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the services Friday.
Preferred memorials are to the Willshire Youth Activities.
Other survivors include a special friend, Sharon Kay Stone of Berne, Indiana; children, Shawn (Jade) Wisener of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Joshua (Jennifer Fourman) Wisener of Celina, Ohio; sister, Kimberly K. (Mike) Lare of Convoy, Ohio; grandchildren, Cayson Allen Wisner; Hollyn Rea Wisener, and Bentley Michael Wisener; four aunts; one uncle; seven nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lester L. Wisener, and a sister, Terri Cummins.
He was a custodian with Van Wert City Schools for 22 years and then 14 years with Classic Delight Inc.
He was a member of the Wilshire Sportsmanís Club and a former member of the Van Wert Moose Lodge 1320 and the Van Wert Eagles. Gene was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, Van Wert. Pastor Jim Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Liberty Baptist Church or First United Methodist of Rockford.
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