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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Thomas Maurice Gates

August 10, 1936August 10, 2019

Thomas (Tom) Maurice Gates passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 10th, (his 83rd birthday) surrounded by family in his Lake Lansing home that he built almost 40 years ago.

Tom was the son of Maurice "Sid" and Margaret (Seelhoff) Gates and was a lifelong resident of East Lansing/Haslett.

He was a 1954 graduate of East Lansing High School and a 1958 graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Residential Building and was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. It was at MSU that he met the love of his life, a pretty Sigma Kappa named Sally Gilman. Tom and Sally were married on December 6th, 1958 and were blessed with three children, Jalonn Sue, Jeffrey Gilman and John Sidney.

During his childhood, Tom enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage on Houghton Lake --- something he continued to enjoy with his own family well into adulthood. At age sixteen, he learned how to build and fly large scale model airplanes and competed in contests throughout the country. It was a hobby that he insisted kept him from getting into too much trouble as a teenager and a passion that he enjoyed well into his 70’s.

Tom spent his career as a talented homebuilder/remodeler, gaining much of his design style from Colonial Williamsburg. He was also an avid sailor and he loved the game of golf. Golf was a game that brought him together with his sons, grandsons and friends and inspired many cherished memories. Tom was an active member of the Lansing Jaycees for many years as well as the Lions Club, giving back his time after being the first double cornea transplant recipient in Michigan.

Tom’s greatest joy was spending time and sharing his home, hobbies and passions with his children, Jalonn, Jeff and John, daughter-in-law, Elyse, and 7 grandchildren, Connor and Chandler Gates and Megan, Thomas, Lauren, Ben and Sam Utter. He was blessed in November with a great grandson, Noah Reese Gates.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter, Kathryn "Katie" Elizabeth Utter; and his wife of 17 years, Sally Gilman Gates.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 4 pm at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbott Road in East Lansing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made in Tom’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, 564 S. Main St., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman East Chapel, East Lansing.

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Services

29 August

Visitation

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Eastminster Presbyterian Church

1315 Abbot Road
East Lansing, Michigan

29 August

Memorial Service

4:00 pm

Eastminster Presbyterian Church

1315 Abbot Road
East Lansing, Michigan

Memories

Thomas Maurice Gates

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Rich Dundore

August 23, 2019

Mr Gates,
I believe I first meet you in 1980 through John. Over the long years and plenty of moves for me, I always looked forward to getting back to MI and seeing you and catching up on you’re travels and hobbies.
You were always very welcoming and giving in many ways and trusted John and I to use you’re vehicles for road trips up north, Tigers games and to move us back and forth to Western Michigan University. I thank-you for allowing me to be a part of you’re family, and know you are in Gods grace.

Rich

Jeffrey Gates

August 15, 2019

Angel Olger

August 15, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to Jalonn, Jeff and John during this difficult time. We will miss your father. He was a part of many of our wonderful memories, spanning over the last 35 plus years.
He was a loving and kind person. He always opened his home to many family gatherings over the years.
May God bless you and keep you near during this time of mourning.
The Angela Olger Family.
Angel Olger
Tammy, Jose, Michael and Joey Sanchez
Doug Olger and Scott Olger

Gaylord & Eileen Kleuckling

August 15, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to the family
Tom was a great neighbor and an even better friend
Tom, you will be missed

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78th Birthday

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78th Birthday

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79th Birthday

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Celebrating John’s Birthday 2015

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Father’s Day and biscuits and gravy @ the Sinclair Grill.

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78th Birthday

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78th Birthday

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79th Birthday

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Celebrating John’s Birthday 2015

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Father’s Day and biscuits and gravy @ the Sinclair Grill.

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Birthday at the Blue Gill Grill 2016

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MSU game day- hanging down by the lake

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Birthday at the Bluegill Grill 2016