Bob Bates, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was career military in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from May 1958 to November 1983. LTC Bates served in a myriad of exciting, challenging and rewarding assignments in Korea, Germany, Vietnam with stateside duties at: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Louisville Army Medical Depot, Louisville, Ky.; as Chief of Purchasing & Contracting at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on three tours; and at the U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command, Washington, D.C. His major military schooling was at the Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and associate military schooling in Texas, Virginia and Ohio. Bob's final three assignments, for which he was exceptionally proud, were as Executive Officer of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas, respectively. Lieutenant Colonel Bates was awarded the following for meritorious service in multiple assignments during his career: Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. LTC Bates wore the Meritorious Unit Commendation, numerous Vietnam service ribbons and other service designations presented during service to his country.
Born in Corry, Pa. in 1936, Bob was the son of the late C. Richard Bates and Frances D. Smith. Surviving are a brother, John Bates of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and a sister, Deborah Smith, of Louisville, Ky. The most important person of Bob's entire life has always been his loving, caring and devoted wife, Carty. She is lovingly supported by their three wonderful daughters: Pam Corley, Vicki Fried, both of Frederick, Md. and Melanie Bates, of Rockville, Md. Four grandsons: Christopher A. Corley, Adam Fried, Taylor McDonald, Eric McDonald, one granddaughter, Ashley Goldsborough, and two great-grandsons: Sebastian Stocks, and Ethen Corley, complete the pride and joy of Bob's family. All have been an inspiration, supporting element and a real measure of laughs and satisfaction to home from the day of each of their births.
Bob was involved in numerous community activities and organizations that contributed immensely to his love of living in Gettysburg. He was an actively involved in: the Exchange Club of Gettysburg where he rose to the position of president for two terms; the United Way of Adams County where he served on the Volunteer Services advisory council; the Adams County Office for Aging serving on the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council and enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels; enjoyed being a volunteer in the Cardiac Rehab Department at Gettysburg Hospital; served in each officer position with the Lake Heritage Fishing Club; was a life member of VFW Post #15, Gettysburg; and held membership in the American Legion Post #202, Gettysburg.
Robert Bates enjoyed a magnificent life filled with fantastic friends and associates with whom he shared many meaningful occasions, fun and lots of hugs. He looks forward to their reunion in God's Holy Place.
A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at the Gettysburg United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. led by Rev. Jay Zimmerman. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service and at the reception following in the church fellowship hall. Interment with full military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to SpiriTrust Hospice and Homecare, 260 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or the American Cancer Society, 924 North Colonial Avenue, York, PA 17403 or the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043. Online obituary and condolences available at monahanfunealhome.com.