David Gates

February 8, 1929October 12, 2020

David I. Gates, 91, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Springfield, Illinois, departed this life Monday, October 12, 2020. David was born February 8, 1929 in Girard, Illinois to the late Willard and Mary Gates. David earned degrees in education from the University of Illinois and the University of Missouri. Primarily stationed in Salzburg, Austria, he served his country in the United States Army.

Beginning in agriculture as a teacher and FFA advisor, David was an educator. He was a science teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator in Springfield Public School District 186. A lifelong Christian, David had served as an elder, youth sponsor and Bible school teacher at West Side Christian Church and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Christian College. He enjoyed reading, camping and especially travelling.

David was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Helen M. Gates in 2000, and his brothers, Galen and Ross Gates. He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie L. Gates; daughter, Linda (Jim) Craig and son, Jim (Susan) Gates; step-daughter, Brenda (Randall) Lynch; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for David will be planned later with final resting at Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to one of the following: Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois or West Side Christian Church, Springfield, IL. Online condolences are available at:


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October 20, 2020

We were so sorry to read about your dad's passing. Please know that you and Susan are in our thoughts.

Jim and Colleen Lutz

Kendall Cole

October 19, 2020

My sincere condolences on the loss of David Gates. Amazingly, he was my first grade teacher at Oak Hill, a one-room school nine miles west of Palmyra, IL. He graduated from high school as a seventeen year old, then received a teaching certificate! I have told many people throughout by eighty years he was the best teacher I ever had. My sister, Nancy, was in his 5th grade class, and brother, Gale, in the eighth grade class. Not only did we learn, we had fun, playing softball, sliding down snow covered hills on an occasional afternoon. And, the last day of school he brought a large, crank-type ice cream freezer, jacked up a rear wheel of his car and fastened the crank to it. What a role model he was, made a tremendous impact on approximately eighteen students at Oak Hill. May God grant his family and friends His Peace and Comfort as you share fond memories.

Barbara Wheeler

October 16, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family of David Gates. He was a kind, knowledgeable Christian man who would share his knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ with others. To Bonnie, children and grandchildren, may you have the peace of God in your great loss.

Tricia McDonald

October 16, 2020

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the Gates family on behalf of the Bowden family. We really thought the world of both your parents. May you all find the peace of Christ as you grieve. He was a wonderful, God-fearing man that we all respected very much.


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