Richard C. Gates, 81, of Philadelphia, died, September 27, 2012, at his home. Allen-Denesha Funeral Home in DeKalb Junction is entrusted with arrangements. There are no services.
Richard is survived by his wife, Betty J.; sons Robert Gates, Philadelphia, Richard C. and wife Lori Gates of Gouverneur, and Rick and his wife Wilma “Willie” Gates, Spring Valley, CA; daughters Barbara J. Burns, Debra Hitchcock, and Sandra M. Gates, all of Missouri; a sister, Nancy Clark Love, Hailsboro; and 18 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by a brother, Harold N. Clark.
Richard was born on December 28, 1930 in Gouverneur, the son of Jerome Claude and Mamie Littlbrandt Gates. He married Betty J. Gardner on December 9, 1971 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with the Reverend Stanley Brown officiating. Richard was in the Air Force from 1950 – 1971, while in the Air Force he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Richard was a bindery worker at Post Publications on Fort Drum. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and camping.
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