A memorial service for Doyce Gene Bates will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, during the Kansas State Grange Convention at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Lawrence.
The Grange will remember one of their own who held the office of Kansas State Grange Steward. The memorial program is open to the public, reports Jamie Klenklen, state chaplain.
Doyce Gene Bates, 57, Oskaloosa, died May 3, 2012, at his home after a long battle with cancer.
He was born July 12, 1954, at Lawrence, the son of Daryl Gene and Donna Jean O’Trimble Bates. He attended Valley Falls schools and Oskaloosa High School. He was a farmer and had worked in housing and building construction for many years. He also worked as an operator for the Riley Equipment Co. in Lawrence and Topeka.
He served in the Kansas National Guard in 1974 and was a member of American Legion Post No. 142 in Perry. He was a member of the Valley Falls Christian Church and attended the Ozawkie United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Pleasant View Junior Grange and a 40-year member of the Pleasant View Subordinate Grange No. 1459, a fourth generation member of the Fraternal Organization of Pomona Grange No. 10 and a member of the Kansas State Grange, currently serving as the Kansas State Steward. He was a former member of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Valley Falls. He was an active member of the Topeka Corvette Club.
He married Cindy Gale Gibson Sept. 21, 2011, at Las Vegas. She survives at the home.
Other survivors include his mother, Donna Jean Bates, Oskaloosa; a son, Jeffery Bates Bryant, San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Angela Marie Malsbury, Topeka, Susan Mathia, Tonganoxie, and Darlene Ann Bates, Independence, Mo.; two brothers, Darin Bates, Meriden, and Dwain Bates, Shawnee; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dalene Bates.
Funeral services were May 7 at the Barnett Family Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial, with Kansas National Guard Honors, was at Fairview Cemetery, northwest of Oskaloosa.
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