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 www.aumansinc.com.