Robert E. Cates, 92, most recently of Emeritus of Lakewood, and formerly of 157 Sanford Dr., Jamestown, N.Y., moved to heaven from WCA Hospital on Jan. 3, 2013, at 7:15 a.m.
He was born April 23, 1920, in Thorndike, Maine, the son of Robert B. and Ellen (Webster) Cates.
He was married for 64 years to Beulah (Black) Cates. They were married on Nov. 28, 1942, in Anacostia, D.C., and she predeceased him in 2007.
Robert E. Cates
He graduated from Unity Maine High School, and worked for Keyes Fibre Co. in Waterville, Maine, prior to joining the U.S. Navy and serving in both World War II and the Korean conflict. After the service, he rejoined Keyes Fibre and worked there for 35 years, serving as their plant manager in both New Iberia, La., and Hammond, Ind., until his retirement in 1985.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8835 of Waterville, Maine, and of the Waterville Lodge No. 33 AF& AM since 1947. He was also a member of Zion Covenant Church, past president of AARP local chapter 334, and he and his wife delivered for Meals on Wheels in Jamestown for five years. He was always active in church activities and community projects wherever he resided.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandra L. (David) Rishell of Jamestown, N.Y.; and a son, Robert L. (Veronica) Cates of The Villages, Fla. He is also survived by grandchildren: Judith (Scott) LeRoy and Jennifer M. Rishell of Columbus, Ohio, and John D. (Jill) Rishell of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and great-grandchildren: Spenser and Sarah LeRoy and Lillian and Emily Rishell.
He was predeceased by two brothers: Claude (Jack) Cates and Cecil M. Cates; and twin great-grandsons, Nathan and Luke Rishell.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Rick Miller will officiate.
Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 3045 Fluvanna Ave. Ext, Jamestown, NY 14701; or Intervarsity, c/o Zion Covenant Church, 520 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Bob at www.lindfuneralhome.com.