Paul Joseph Bates
October 21, 1943 - February 23, 2018
Paul Joseph Bates, 74, of Seneca, died unexpectedly Friday evening, February 23, 2018, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital, after a short illness. He was born October 21, 1943, in Adrian, MI, to the late William and Clara (Gallup) Bates. He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Bays, on June 22, 1963, in Hudson. She recently preceded him in death on December 4, 2017.
Paul grew up in Hudson and graduated from Hudson Area Schools with the Class of 1961. He spent his career as a quality manager for Merillat Industries in Adrian and retired after over 38 years of service. He and Shirley made their home in Seneca the past 45 years. Paul was an avid motorcyclist and he enjoyed many trips across the country with Shirley. He also enjoyed woodworking and was skilled in his work.
Paul is survived by his children, Ronald (Robin) Bates of Manitou Beach, MI, Danielle Mills of Morenci, and Neil (Jennifer) Bates of Ft. Myers, FL; four grandchildren, Eric (Aarika) Bates, Brandi (Sean) Klein, Hailey Miller and Regan Miller; and a great-grandson, Phoenix Bates.
Besides his parents and wife of 54 years, Shirley, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Bates, and a sister Virginia Bates.
Cremation will take place. A memorial service to remember his life will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating. The family will receive friends for a visitation for two hours preceding the service at the funeral home, beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Following the service, Paul and Shirley will be laid to rest together in the Butler Cemetery in Chesterfield Township, OH.
Memorial contributions in honor of Paul can be made to Hospice of Lenawee.
Visitation: Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in MorenciGet Directions
Memorial Service: Saturday, March 3, 2018 1:00 PM Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in MorenciGet Directions