Neil E. Bates of Cheboygan, Mich., died July 19, 2019, at Hospice House of Cheboygan.
Neil was born in Fayette, Ohio, on Sept. 8, 1938, to Donald and Leona (Griffin) Bates and lived in the Pellston/Cheboygan area for the past six years.
He was a graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. On July 2, 1985, he married Ila Rose Double. Neil was a 35-year employee of Fayette Tubular Products. He was also a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and Fayette Lions Club.
Neil is survived by three brothers, Dean, Lyle (and Marilyn) and Elwyn (and Nancy); stepchildren, Sonia, Kevin (and Kemiko) Ross, and Donny Bryan; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2013, his parents and a brother, Richard.
A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Fayette Methodist Church Family Life Center. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Methodist Church Family Life Center.