Robert L. ‘Bear’ Bates, age 52, of Lima, died 9:40 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013 in St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1960 in Kilgore, Texas; the son of the late Donald Earl and Nelda Sue Milton Bates. He is survived by his wife Joanna L. Frazier Bates of Lima.
Mr. Bates was a long distance truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, and traveling.
He is also survived by 3 sons – Zachariah Bates of Bellefontaine; Tyler Decker of Jacksonville, FL; Jake Maag of Lima, 2 grandchildren; 2 brothers – Johnny Bates of McGuffey; David (Vickie) Bates of Kenton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 1 brother – Ronald Earl Bates and 1 sister – Ruth Renee Bates.
A private family wake service will be held later. No public visiting hours are planned.
Condolences may be shared at www.BayliffAndSon.com
Arrangements are by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.