Bates, Jerry

Written by David Green.

Jerry L. Bates, 70, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Oct. 30, 2007, in Dover Township, Mich.

He was born Nov. 25, 1936, in Fulton County, Ohio, to Frank and Emily (Vermette) Bates. He married Myrna Smatts in Chesterfield Township on July 20, 1958, and she survives.

Jerry graduated from Chesterfield Dover High School in 1954. He retired from S.E. Johnson Co. in Maumee, Ohio, after 28 years of service. He was a Chesterfield Township trustee for 12 years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing, and he dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Jerry is survived by one son, Steven (and Barbara) Bates of Lyons, Ohio; one daughter, Jerri (and Greg) Ruger of Wauseon; five grandchildren, Katie, Megan and Brock Bates and Anthony and Jeremy Ruger; three sisters,  Agnes Ohlinger of Holland, Ohio, Carol (and Danny) Wilson of Wauseon, and Edith (and Derald) Seiler of Archbold; three brothers, Robert (and Margaret) Bates and Lyle (and Shirley) Bates, both of Wauseon, and Ben (and Nancy) Bates of Fayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvin, Elmer, Wayne, and Chester; and one sister, in infancy.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Rick Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield Township, Ohio.

Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesterfield Township building fund.

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