CATES, Charles S. Charles (Charlie) Spencer Cates. Passed away April 10, 2017. Born August 28, 1929 in Lockney Texas to Jack Cates and Lila Mitchell. Later he would move to Oregon where he spent his youth working throughout central and eastern Oregon. In 1952 while stationed with the U.S. Air Force at RAF Mildenhall he met a young English gal, Patricia (Trish) Castle who soon after became his wife on November 27, 1952. Upon his discharge from the Air Force they would settle in Spokane which became their home until his death. Charlie was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force serving during the Korean War. He retired as Vice President from Accra Fab at age 78. He is survived by his children Kathe, Jerry (Becky), Lori and Jack (Krista); grand- children Bryce, Matt, Geoff, Chelsea, Rachel, Ben, Riley and Cooper; great-grandchildren Keegan, Kalani, Violet and Morgan; sister Patricia Faulkerson and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie was preceded in death by Trish, his wife of 59 years, his mother, father and sister Juanita Birdsong. Patricia (Trish) Dorothy Cates. Passed away May 28, 2011. Born April 5, 1933 in Orpington, England to Arthur Castle and Emmie Spence. She lived in London during World War II before moving to Newmarket. There she met a young American G.I., Charles Spencer Cates, who later become her husband on November 27, 1952. One year later they moved to Walker AFB, NM, and then on to Spokane Washington, which became their home of 57 years. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Charles, her children Kathe, Jerry (Becky), Lori and Jack (Krista). She was the proud grandmother of Bryce, Matt, Geoff, Chelsea. Rachel, Ben, Riley and Cooper. Loving Great Grandmother to Keegan, Kalani and Morgan. She also leaves behind sisters Jean Rusden and Irene Castle, niece Tracy Cook, nephew Robert Castle, all of England. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and sister Beryl Elsdon. Interment services will take place at 9:00am, Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Rd., Medical Lake, WA.
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