Byron R. BATES Jr.
BATES, Byron R. Jr. 95, of Brooksville, FL passed away February 13, 2017. He is survived by Peggy, his loving wife of 33 years; Paula Bates, the mother of his children, Byron R. Bates III, Paul Bates (Nancy), Diann Bates (Jill), and Karl Bates (Stephanie); his grandchildren, Tyler, Alyssa, Austin, Kayla, Avery, Braylon, Grayson, Parker, Caroline, and Keaton. He was predeceased by his sister, Ena-Bell Hoffman (the late Eugene) in 1991. He also leaves behind his nephew, Gordon Hoffman (Mary) of Portland, OR and niece Gayle Dawson (the late Lawrence) of Glen Ellyn, IL, as well as his many beloved cats. Byron was born August 13, 1921 in Chicago, IL to Byron R. Bates, Sr. and Edith Bell Bates. Byron proudly served his country during WWII in the US Marine Corps, Pacific Front, from 1944 to 1946. He was employed at Cape Canaveral, FL and in California during the early days of the space program. He was also the very proud owner of many trophies for his restored 1967 VW Beetle. A memorial service and inurnment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a future date. Please make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.
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