OBITUARY

William "Bill" Lee Bate

September 12, 1937September 18, 2020
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William Lee Bate, 83, passed away September 18, 2020, after a brief illness. Bill was born September 12, 1937 to Lee and Eleanor Bate. He attended high school in Napoleon, Indiana and was baptized into the Christian faith at Zion United Methodist Church. He married Jo Ann Mozingo December 11, 1963. He was also a longstanding member of the New Point chapter of the Freemasons. A former farmer, Bill retired from Printpack. He was an avid trap shooter and loved spending time with friends at the local Conservation Club. Bill loved cars and motorcycles, and he could fix anything with an engine. Bill never met a stranger, and he had a great sense of humor and could tell the best tales. He was devoted to his family. Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jo Ann Bate; three children, Billie Jo (Dave) Wager, Chris (Doris) Bate, Tina (Marc) Lippens; two sisters, Mary Marsh and Patricia (John) Clark; seven grandchildren, Logan and Dillon Wager, Jarrod and Sonya Bate, and Rebekah, Andrew, and Ashlyn Lippens; three honorary grandchildren, Becky Bredeweg, Hayley Riddle, and Audrey Warner; and one great-grandchild, Isaac Wager. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Eleanor Bate. A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 10:00 am until the time of the Funeral at 12:00 pm. Please observe CDC guidelines. Rev. Harold Carter will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of Southcentral Indiana or to the Wheeler Mission. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com

  • FAMILY

  • Ora Lee Bate, Father (deceased)
  • Eleanor (Rimstidt) Bate, Mother (deceased)
  • Jo Ann (Mozingo) Bate, Wife
  • Billie Jo (Dave) Wager, Daughter
  • Chris (Doris) Bate, Son
  • Tina (Marc) Lippens, Daughter
  • Mary Marsh, Sister
  • Patricia (John) Clark, Sister
  • Logan Wager, Grandchild
  • Dillon Wager, Grandchild
  • Jarrod Bate, Grandchild
  • Sonya Bate, Grandchild
  • Rebekah Lippens, Grandchild
  • Andrew Lippens, Grandchild
  • Ashlyn Lippens, Grandchild
  • Becky Bredeweg, Honorary Grandchild
  • Hayley Riddle, Honorary Grandchild
  • Audrey Warner, Honorary Grandchild
  • Isaac Wager, Great Grandchild

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dillon Wager
  • Andrew Lippens
  • Jarrod Bate
  • J.P. Clark
  • Tom Litmer
  • Doug Warner

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • Funeral

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Memories

William "Bill" Lee Bate

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Duane Jones

September 28, 2020

I just seen this and it made me sad. I remember when my parents moved to Florida when I was 18, Bill and JoAnn took me in and treated me like their own. I have so many fond memories of my teenage years of Bill helping me with my car and letting me ride his motorcycle, even though I didn’t have a license. Sadly we all grow up and get our own lives and people just become memories. But I am happy that some of those memories involved the Bate family. Rest In Peace Bill, I’m sure you’re up there working on a sweet muscle car

Dick Redelman

September 25, 2020

Billy's family lived just down the road and his father worked for my dad for a while. Billy worked for my uncle too.All worked out very well.Bill and I shared a interest in motor sports and ag.He loved to share stories.Billy will be missed by all! He was good man.Dick Redelman

Anne Schmidt

September 22, 2020

Bill was a true friend I was taking treatments for breast cancer and Bill volunteered to take me to one of my treatments in Shelbyville. He was a man that any one could trust. Love to his fami ly. Anne

Samantha Wager

September 21, 2020

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