Jimmy W. Bates, age 76 of Blissfield, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Provincial House.
He was born August 9, 1939, at home in Hillsdale County to George and Beulah “Eileen” (Blanchard) Bates, and attended Adrian High School.
On June 19, 1965, Jimmy married Madeline DeNudt in Blissfield and they have shared over 50 years together.
Jimmy went into tool-and-die making and completed his training at Snedeker & Son in Adrian. He worked at BlisSfield Manufacturing, Meyer Boat Factory, and National Aircraft Services in Tecumseh, where he retired.
In his younger years, Jimmy loved roller skating and dancing. His favorite pastimes were fishing and woodworking, but he would choose being with his family over anything.
In addition to his wife, Madeline, he is survived by their children, Brenda Ostrander and Brian (Christina) Bates; grandchildren, Nicholas Ostrander and Makenna Bates; and his siblings, George “Herb” (Betty) Bates of Fairfield and Nora (Robert) Irish of Adrian.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Bates.
Special thanks to Provincial House staff for the care he received.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield with Cliff Washburn officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8 p.m