Paul James Bates Sr.

September 23, 1935April 21, 2021

Paul James Bates Sr. of Gladstone MO, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021 at the age of 85. Paul was surrounded by loved ones and medical professionals at North Kansas City Hospital at the time of his passing.

Paul is survived by his brother Thomas Bates; daughter Julie Bates-Augustyn; son Paul Bates Jr. and wife Lisa; daughter Terri Rodina and husband Tommy; son Vincent Bates; and grandchildren Austin, Tess, Kara, Jake, and Vincent.

Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife, Theresa Catherine Bates, in October of 2010. They were married for 50 wonderful years. In that time, they created a beautiful family, network of friends, and memories to last longer than a lifetime.

Paul was born on September 23, 1935 in Guthrie Center, Iowa to Vincent Bates and Helen Simmons. He grew up in Panora, Iowa where he remained until he graduated high school and enlisted in the US Navy. Paul was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War era and served in the Navy on active duty for 4 years. After returning to the United States, Paul began working for Ford Motor Company and was a member of Local Unions 249 and 394. Eventually, he retired from Ford after 30 years of dedicated, quality service.

Paul was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, the highest degree of the order. He enjoyed going to church regularly and living his life in accordance with his faith. He loved traveling with family, trips to the lake, boating, camping, and fishing. He appreciated classic cars, music, and television shows that included Wheel of Fortune and Blue Bloods. Paul was a Godly and patient man. His actions were kind, his words were loving, and he treated others graciously.


  • Thomas Bates, Brother
  • Julie Bates-Augustyn, Daughter
  • Paul Bates Jr. (Lisa), Son
  • Terri Rodina (Tommy), Daughter
  • Vincent Bates, Son
  • Austin, Grandchild
  • Tess, Grandchild
  • Kara, Grandchild
  • Jake, Grandchild
  • Vincent, Grandchild
  • Theresa Catherine Bates (Deceased), Wife

  • Paul J. Bates, Jr.
  • Vince Bates
  • Austin Bates
  • Jake Bates
  • Tommy Rodina
  • Vincent Rodina
  • Bill McCleary
  • Ryan Bates
  • John Boyle
  • Mark Kleeman


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Interment With Military Honors

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


Paul James Bates Sr.

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Mary Ann Hale

May 3, 2021

Paul and Teresa were close friends of my husband, Fred and myself. Paul and Fred began working at Ford at the same time and retired together on the same day. Both of our families attended the ceremony at the Ford plant and then celebrated at Cascones restaurant on North Oak. Paul and Teresa came to the Argosy where we celebrated Fred’s and my 50th wedding anniversary. We attended their 50th anniversary party given by their children. Paul and Teresa both were wonderful people and great parents. Our daughters, Debbie and Terry were special friends for which I will always be grateful. We moved to Springfield, Mo. in 1990, so our times together were limited, but Teresa and I loved to keep up on the news with phone calls. I just finished watching the livestream of Paul’s funeral Mass which was very beautiful. The last time I saw Paul was at St. Charles at Mass when I was in Gladstone visiting my daughter. May God bless and comfort Julie, Paul, Jr., Terry, and Vincent, and all the rest of their family.

Rose Knowles

April 28, 2021

Forty-five years ago I joined the Knowles family when I married Ed. In our first year together Ed and I moved to Kansas City where his sister Theresa and brother-in-law Paul Bates welcomed us to their home and community. My early memories in Kansas City include playing the new electronic game “Pong” in the Bates’ living room, touring their big green travel trailer and listening to Paul’s stories.

But that year was not the first time Ed was welcomed and felt loved by the Bates family. Ed’s early college experience in the late 1960’s was highlighted by his summer job at the Ford factory while living with Theresa and Paul. Ed was eternally grateful for the summer job opportunity, staying with the Bates family, and spoke often of those times.

Terri Rodina

April 27, 2021

My Dad will be remembered as a kind, gentle, loving Husband, Grandfather, Father, Son & Brother. He was so proud of his children and grandkids and was so happy to be a part of their lives. He loved family get-togethers and enjoyed everyone coming to visit him often. He worked very hard all his life to provide for his family sacrificing most luxuries to give his children everything he and Mom didn't have while growing up. We had the best childhood growing up in Hamilton Heights-so many fond memories of neighbors and childhood friends, driving vacations to the East and West coast, swim meets, Knights of Columbus parties and activities, riding our bikes, etc. He loved my Mom, Theresa, so much that when she died he would drive every Sunday to her gravesite after church and spent every morning saying his prayers for her. I love and miss him so much! I know he has been reunited with my Mom in Heaven and with all the loved ones he has lost during his lifetime.

Linda Peterson

April 26, 2021

Thank you Paul for your service for our country in the UNITED STATES NAVY. Because of your service to our country; we can all live our lives in freedom.
God bless you Paul for taking care of our country with LOVE; PRIDE AND HONOR. You rest now in the arms of God and the Angels and with all of our veterans who are in heaven with you.

Lisa Bates

April 26, 2021

Pops was such a sweetheart. He was one of the most selfless men I’ve ever known. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend so much time with him over this past year since I retired. We enjoyed watching his favorite shows together including Heat of the Night, Blue Bloods and Wheel of Fortune. He memorized many of the episodes and would tell me what was going to happen. He loved our dog Shilo and all of the family animals. He loved it when we took our pets over to spend time with him. I enjoyed hearing his stories and jokes. He was a funny man and made me laugh and smile. He was not boastful or selfish in any way and we all loved that about him. He was always there with advice and support. We are all better people because we knew him. I will miss him so much and I will cherish the memories I had with him. Love you Pops! Love, Lisa

Vincent Bates

April 25, 2021

Suzie Farrar

April 23, 2021

I met Paul through his daughter/my friend Julie. The three of us shared many fun trips to Argosy Casino. He was always happy to meet up... and to share his slot machine wisdoms :-) Good times! Paul and I shared 9/23 birthdays- great memories of a few we spent together with his kids and grandchildren. Very kind man. RIP Paul