BOARDMAN, Ohio — Jay (Bill) Gates, formerly of Boardman, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at the Hospice House, Poland, Ohio.
He was born Oct. 14, 1927, in Logansport, the son of Jay Warren and Mary Marguerite Blakely Gates. Mr. Gates married Roberta A. Bragg on Dec. 13, 1969, in Marion.
He began his professional career with Micro-Switch in Freeport, Ill., and continued on to General Motors as a designer in 1959 in Marion, and was transferred to the Lordstown, Ohio plant in 1970. He was a Manufacturing Design Engineer at the Lordstown Fabricating Plant (formerly Fisher Body) retiring in 1992. He continued as a contract engineer at General Motors until 2005.
Mr. Gates was a proud U.S. Army Veteran serving as a Cavalry Sergeant in Japan at the end of World War II. He was a member of Evangel Baptist Church in Boardman and was a dedicated volunteer with several organizations throughout his life. He never wanted recognition for his many silent and selfless acts of kindness.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, NASCAR, the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Browns, quietly serving the Lord and spending time with his cherished family and friends. He loved spending time in Myrtle Beach and going on cruises to many ports of call.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elizabeth Hafley of Canton, Mich.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Bragg Gates; sons, Lorin P. Gates (Susan) of Ridgefield, Wash., and Jay R. (J.D.) Gates (Julie) of N. H.; granddaughters, Ashtyn and Kayleigh Gates of Ridgefield, Wash. He is also survived by a brother, Richard A. Gates (Rose) of Apache Junction, Ariz., and four nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana, with Pastor Randy Brunko officiating. The Benjamin Firestone Post 290 American Legion will accord military honors.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Saturday.
Material donations may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or Evangel Baptist Church, 5248 Southern Blvd., Boardman, OH 44512
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