Richard G. Bates

November 4, 1937December 8, 2012

Richard G. Bates, 75, of Douglassville passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Reading Hospital. He was the loving husband of Doris (Hall) Bates. The couple married on Nov. 22, 1958.

Born in Reading on Nov. 4, 1937, he was a son of the late George N. and Bessie E. (Conner) Bates.

Richard was employed with Dana Corp. as a welder for over 13 years before retiring in 2000. He was a member of the St. John's Lodge No. 435 F&AM where he was once Master of Lodge, Rajah Shrine past President of Directors, the Ivy League and East End Athletic Club.

In addition to his wife, Doris, Richard is survived by two sons, Richard S. Bates and his wife, Jennifer, of Louisville, KY, and Scott A. Bates and his wife, Saralyn, of West Reading; two daughters, Kathleen M. (Bates) Missitti and her husband, Todd, of Phoenix, AZ, and Carol L. (Bates) Moyer and her husband, William, of Reading; ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence and Wilbur, and four sisters: Sarah, Ethel, Ruth and Mary.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Forest Hills Memorial Park, 391 W. Never-sink Rd., Reiffton. Guests are asked to meet in the entrance of the cemetery by 10:30 a.m. Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Never-sink Rd., Reiffton, is entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard G. Bates to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Richard's online guest book may be signed at


  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Dave Lubas

December 27, 2012

Doris, Richard, Kathy ,Carol and Scott,

I am very sorry for your loss. We will think of you often and keep you in our prayers. I will always cherish the time I spent with all of you growing up when you lived on Ritter's Lane. Bless you all.

Dave Lubas and Family

Chevelle Missitti

December 14, 2012

You'll forever be in our hearts.. You've touched everyone who knew you in some way, and those memories no one can take from us! I know i will cherish all the memories I have of you, and i'm sure everyone else will too. We miss you dearly, and will always love you! xoxo

Jeff Jefferson

December 13, 2012

Sorry to hear of Dick's passing...have many many fond memories, from Dana, from Lodge, from Shrine, from Virginia Beach...from becoming a Turtle. Dick was always there when I needed help after becoming a Brother. May he rest in peace. My prayers go out to Doris and the family.

mary kay rudy

December 13, 2012

from mary kay nicole and michael

Jim Baer

December 13, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Dee Bertoti

December 12, 2012

Aunt Doris and family,
Sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

December 12, 2012

Aunt Doris and Family

We were so sad to hear of Uncle Dick's passing. Our prayers are with you and the family. Eternal be his memory.
Al and Sue Seibert

Jon DeHart

December 11, 2012

Very sorry to hear of Brother Dick's passing. I enjoyed having known him from the St. John's Lodge as a Brother, Friend and fellow Past Master. He was a great guy. Please accept my condolences - and if we can be of assistance in any way in this difficult time, do not heistate to contact the Lodge. Farewell my Brother.

Tom Angstadt

December 11, 2012

It's very sad to hear of Rich's passing. I worked with Rich at dana on the ford line many years ago and he always made things go alot easier with his sense of humor and just being a good guy. May you rest in peace brother.

December 11, 2012

I always enjoyed working with Dick he was always upbeat and a good worker my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Lou Stroffolino Dana Corp