Terry Joel Gates

December 31, 1950August 31, 2019

Terry Gates, 68, passed away August 31, 2019 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born December 31, 1950 in Spangler, PA to the late Orrin and Daphne Gates, he was preceded in death by his brothers Jeff and Kevin Gates. Terry had 45 years of service at Republic Steel as a crane operator and was a member of Union Local 1200. Terry enjoyed many vacations with the family and was an avid golfer with many outings to Myrtle Beach. He also enjoyed camping, gardening and country music. He was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Football.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Nancy (Polen), and three daughters Tracy, Tara, and Dana as well as five sisters, five brothers, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many other family and friends. Terry cherished each of his grandchildren wholeheartedly; Derek, Abigail, Olivia, Brent, Josiah, Zechariah, Colten, Kaiden and Carly. And his dog Sable who never left his side. His body may have given out but his courage, spirit and strength will live on in the lives of his family. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

In memory of Terry, please do a kind deed for someone in need or donate in Terry’s name to the Humane Society, 5100 Peach Street NE, Louisville, Ohio 44641. Family wants to thank Crossroads Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion during Terry’s illness. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family.


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Mike Belopotosky

September 7, 2019

Enjoyed working with Terry for many years. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Mike Belopotosky

Bob Foutty

September 7, 2019

I only knew Terry for a short time, but was so impressed by his love for his family. Even during the difficult time of his life he always had a story to share with a smile on his face.
My sympathies to Terry’s family and friends he will be missed.
Bob Foutty

Linda Monigold

September 6, 2019

Had the pleasure of having Terry for a brother-in-law. A lot of wonderful memories. Don't ever remember seeing him when he wasn't smiling. I remember the ornery smirk he'd have when we would all be together talking and joking. He took me on my first motorcycle ride in Akron when I was in my early teens. I was very nervous but it was fun! I was a city girl, and remember going with them to his Mom & Dad's home in the country in PA. New experience for me, for sure for this city girl ... and I loved it! A wonderful man ....... I am very blessed to have been a part of his life.

Keith Cole

September 5, 2019

Terry a good friend Andy and I will miss. We had a lot of good memories.Some day I might see you again.If I change my ways lol. Your good friend Keith.

Alex Shepler

September 4, 2019

Great Father in Law, great friend, and loving GrandPa to our kids. Terry and I would talk and laugh our heads off talking about all sorts of things. Sports (Steelers), geo-politics, sociology, farming, industry, ect, ect.

I am going to miss our conversations and our times together. Rest easy now.

Tracy Shepler

September 4, 2019

So many lovely memories. One of my favorites was watching football and waiting for random phone calls from my dad saying “Did you see that play?!” often followed by plenty of other words. However, the greatest memories are from our trips to the farm during the summer. We would sing cheesy country love songs and sometimes he would let me drive on his lap. I never really liked hunting, okay I hated hunting, but I would gladly track groundhog with my dad for hours.

Donnie Weckerly

September 3, 2019

Too many good times to list but some that come to mind are tennis , basketball, softball at Mason Park and at one point on a softball team together! You inspired me to be the hard working man I am today! You once told me if your going to work 40 hours for straight pay you may as well take the overtime and get the time and a half..We could talk for hours and just make up stuff to talk about..I will miss you like crazy see you on the other side! Love you Man!

Pam Miller

September 3, 2019

I have known and loved him since I was 12 years old. He was an awesome man and a loving father.

Andrea Thomas (Gates)

September 3, 2019

I still can’t believe you are gone. Thank you for always listening when I needed you. And for never judging. The world needs more people who are pure and kind like you. I love you so much.

Dana Lauhon

September 3, 2019

We’re going to miss you dad. Already miss you very much. Your legacy will live on. 💙