John Howard Gates

January 4, 1940April 14, 2019

John H. Gates, 79, of Grants Pass passed away peacefully at his home after his 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s.

John graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1958. He was president of “The Knuckle Busters” car club.

He worked for several mills and then worked for Jim Sigel as head painter. He decided to go into business for himself in the 1980’s with Gates Body Shop. He restored classis cars.

He was a member of “The Rogue Valley Classic Cruisers” and “The Cam Kings”, both car clubs

His last big project was to restore his 1948 Cadillac convertible which he was never able to finish due to his illness taking over.

We would like to give special thanks to all the good people who helped with his care during his illness. Cecil Eyers, Jim Sigel, Jim and Jaque, Paulette, Marti, Ed, Dr. Brian Mateja, Angela, Andrea and Alan & Judy Gates.

No public service will be held. A private service will be held at a later date. If anyone would like to help with anything in regards to John’s illness, we would like you to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.

John is survived by Connie Gates, Tawnia Gates, Al Gates, Judy Slanaker and Jimmy Gates.


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Tawnia Lassere

April 18, 2019

My dad was the best father I could've ever asked for. I miss him so much, I'd give anything to have him back. I'm glad he no longer suffers. The world lost a good man! You fly with angels now, dad! I will miss you forever!!!