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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Harold W. Gates

January 24, 1948September 10, 2020
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H. William (Bill) Gates of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully at home on September 10, 2020. He was raised on the family farm in Iowa by his parents along with his sister and brother. Bill graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in natural resources and wildlife management. He worked in the financial industry for four decades. Bill enjoyed traveling the world with his wife Brenda and relaxing at his home “ponderosa” with his dog Bailey. Bill is a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. He was a long time board member of Youth Services Network. Bill was a wonderful husband, Dad, Grampy, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda, daughter Jennifer (Jeff Armistead) Gates and much loved grandchildren, Clyde and Laszlo of Portland, Oregon. He is further survived by his mother-in-law Helen Dixon, brother-in-law Doug Sargeant, brother-in-law Gary (Gloralee) Dixon, sister-in-law Sara (Jeff) Sorensen, nieces Kristi (John) Smith, Kathy (Tom Chettleburgh) Sargeant, Alexis (Scott) Napolitano, Hunter Dixon and nephews Joshua Sorensen and Austin Dixon.

He is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Gladys Gates, first wife Pamela, sister Karen Sargeant, brother John Gates and father-in-law Robert Dixon.

The family would like to thank all of the dedicated physicians, nurses and staff at Swedish American Hospital for their compassion and commitment. We are grateful for all of the love and support showed by our families and friends including Jim and Kay Doll, Steve and Tammy Zurfluh, Gene and Sue Paluzzi, Dana Kraus, Dawn Rae and special Aunt Louise Yankowskas.

Private family services with arrangements by Sunset Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, or your favorite charity.

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Dennis Krug

September 18, 2020

Bill and I were each others first "best friends" from kindergarten through 5th grade at which time I changed schools. We just clicked when we first met. I'm pretty sure that the 2nd photo below was a school picture taken in 3rd grade. While I didn't maintain contact with Bill after that, I've thought of him every year on January 24th - his birthday. He was a very special friend and so influential in my childhood - so many wonderful memories playing with him at his parent's farm outside of Atkins. You couldn't ask for a better friend. My heart goes out to his family.

Debbie Chamberlain

September 16, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Bill. I loved his sense of humor and we loved picking on each other. I will miss you Bill.

Faith Dabbs

September 16, 2020

Bill was a great co-worker. I enjoyed working with him at UNION Savings BANK during his time here. He was always helpful to a new manager with lots of questions. Brenda and family, I send my deepest condolences. Bill will be greatly missed.

Melodi Broege

September 15, 2020

Many fond memories working with Bill for many years! He will be missed.

Tina Kirschman

September 14, 2020

Brenda,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was my boss at Bank One when we worked at the Mulford/State location- such a great group of people and so many great memories. Bill taught me so much about credit and had a huge impact on my work ethic. Rest in Peace Bill

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