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He was born on March 17, 1926 in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late Austin and Marion Holden Bates.
Don attended school in Turtle Creek, Pa. He served in the 4th Marine Division in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign during WW11, was wounded at Iwo Jima, and awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service, the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon. He enjoyed attending Marine conventions and conferences and was very proud of his service to his country. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW.
On June 7, 1949 he married the former Phyllis Painter. She passed away December 3, 1992.
After returning from the war, he worked on the Union and Pacific Railroad in Pa. and eventually moved to Maryland where he operated his own business: Don Bates Tile, Co., retiring in 1999 at the age of 73.
Donald is survived by a daughter Donna Reusing and her husband David of Little Orleans, MD., a daughter P. Diane Burke and her husband Steve of Grasonville, a daughter Brenda Lee Bates of Toddville, and a son Richard Bates and his wife Beverly of Stevensville. Nine grandchildren: Lisa, Amy, Christy, Steven, Ashley, Destiny, Shawnte, Richard, and Brian; and thirteen great grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling to Arizona to visit with his beloved brother Bill and niece Cherrie.
His greatest enjoyment was fishing and crabbing on his boat "The Lacy J " with his good friend Vernon Phelps and visiting with all of his special friends in Cambridge.
A graveside service and inurnment will be held at 2:00 p.m., December 1, 2010 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.
Arrangements entrusted to Curran-Bromwell Funeral Home, P.A.
Born: March 17, 1926 Place of Birth: Pitcairn, PA USA Death: October 18, 2010 Place of Death: Toddville, MD USA
Graveside ServiceWednesday December 1, 2010 , 2:00 PM at Arlington National Cemetery Share your thoughts and memories in the guestbook.
Ashley Pappy, You will always be in my prayers and thoughts, I miss you so much but now you are home! With no suffering and pain. Love You Always and one day we wll meet again! 12/03/2010 richard bates to my father, my friend, and my hero, i miss you. 12/01/2010 stephen burke To my friend,my co-worker and a man I was proud to call Dad.So many cherished memories of all the wonderful times we spent together crabbing,fishing and yes working.What fun we had!I will forever miss u.Thank u for a beautiful daughter and family.I will see u again in a higher place.Love,Steve 10/31/2010 Cher I did not know Mr. Bates, but wanted to extend condolences to the family. There is comfort to be found in the pages of the Bible. Know that God does know and care about the pain you are going through. Psalm 34:18 says God "is near to those that are broken at heart." Have hope in his promise to one day soon reunite us with our loved ones on a restored paradise earth. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:29) My prayers are with the family. 10/25/2010 Jerry Burroughs To the family of my great friend Don B who visit us one day and I said to him "KEEP COMING BACK" and he replied I don't need to but he Kept coming back.. We delovped a great friendship over the years, He wil be TRULT MISSED, by myself all who knew him and admire his sticking to our way of living...Our chain is broken but GODS soilder gone home to his reward .. To the Family be proud of your dad and granddad... Jerry Burroughs, Little Red House 10/24/2010 Cherrie whipple My Uncle Don was the best as far as my Dad and I are concerned. He was always here for my Dad to spend time with him when he had serious health problems.We will miss him dearly and never forget him. 10/24/2010
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