David Roy Bates

January 27, 1927October 23, 2013
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David Roy Bates Lansing, Michigan David Roy Bates went to be with our Lord October 23, 2013 at the age of 86. David was born on January 27, 1927 in Redford, MI, the son of Alonzo and Zula Bates. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He retired after many years of service as a plumber. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #333. He also taught blueprinting at Lansing Community College for 15 years. David was well known for his quick wit, humor, wisdom, and his love of music. He was a musician who could play many instruments, the piano being his favorite. He was an avid golfer who accomplished 3 holes in one in his lifetime. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards and was a huge fan of the Detroit Tigers. David was preceded in death by his parents, eleven siblings and his wife, Patricia Bates. Surviving to cherish his memory are: one sister Mina (Pete) Pedersen, two daughters, Susan (Joe V.) Covello and Sandy (Brian) Childers: two sons, Stephen (Dayle) Bates and Scott (Debby) Bates; eleven grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, soon to be nine, all whom Dave held close to his heart. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the funeral home. For those desiring, contributions may be made in memory of David to: Real Life Children’s Ranch, 7777 US Hwy, 441 SE Okeechobee, FL 34974 or CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship), P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383. Dad, you are so special and we will miss you greatly. Until we meet again, you will remain always in our hearts. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at:


  • Visitation Monday, October 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Arlene Bates Nelson

November 1, 2013

Love to the entire family. My sympathy and prayers to all of you. Arlene Bates Nelson. Uncle George's daughter

October 29, 2013

Steve, Susie, Sandy, Scott - We are out of town or we would be celebrating your father's home going with you. Your dad was loved by us. He is a part of our growing up memories. We will never forget his warmth and his big smile.

Love, Chuck and Cyndi Bates (Highland, MI)

Freda (Bunt)Cruel

October 28, 2013

Hello Bates Family,

To my sweet friends from Harkson Dr. I loved your Dad, he would make me laugh, always sitting in his lazy-boy chair with your little fluffy white poodle, on his lap.

May he rest in peace. xoxoxox

Teresa Isanhart

October 27, 2013

Steve, Susie, Scott, Sandy - Your dad was simply amazing. Hugs to you all, my cousins.

Cheryl Mireles

October 27, 2013

Your. Dad was a very special man. He could make anyone smile. I will miss him a lot. He loved The Lord very much, so I know I will see him again. God bless you all. Cheryl

Kerry Elieff

October 27, 2013

Praying for peace and comfort during this time. Love you all.

Heidi Morse

October 26, 2013

Dear Steve,Scott,Susie and Sandy I will always have fond memories of Uncle David.I Pray that God comforts all of you in this time of sadness.What a wonderful homecoming he must of received!! Love ,Heidi

Joann Cerullo

October 26, 2013

Dear Cousins, may you know that he is with our Lord, and his beloved wife. May you celebrate his life as you mourn his loss. May God's peace fill all of your hearts during this time and always.

Rachel Shymkiw

October 26, 2013

Dear Steve, Scott, Susie and Sandy my heart goes out to you. You had the most amazing father. He was from the greatest generation and this physical world has lost a wonderful man. But my mom has finally been reunited with her dear brother in Heaven and I'm sure they are rejoicing! Please know that I pray for you and your children. May God bring you comfort and help to heal your grief.

Carol Thelen

October 25, 2013

I always admired your parents when I was a young child and regret losing touch with them. I am so sorry to learn that they have both passed away. My mother, Lola Morgan also sends her condolences. Take care and may peace be with you during this sad time.