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Richard Bates

Richard E. Bates, 77, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on August 25, 2016. He was born on April 16, 1939 at Seidle Hospital in Mechanicsburg, PA to the late Jacob and Dorothy Kipp Bates.

Dick graduated from Mechanicsburg High School Class of 1957.  A US Navy veteran, he served aboard the USS Ranger during the Vietnam War. Dick retired from the Mechanicsburg Post Office in 1992. Memberships included:  life member of the Mechanicsburg Club, life member of the Carlisle VFW Post #477 and long time member of the American Legion Post #109.  Friendly to all, he was also a loving father and husband.

Dick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janice D. Bates; a daughter, Debra S. Bates-Schrott, husband Eric and their children, Connor and Tyler, all of Ellicott City, MD; and a son, David W. Bates of Mechanicsburg. Also surviving is his brother, Samuel S. Bates of Dillsburg.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, in the Mechanicsburg Club Social Room, 333 Heinz St. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Please bring stories and remembrances for the celebration.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Ministries, 5228 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 . Visit www.hollingerfuneralhome.com for condolences to the family.

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My deepest simpathy for the Bates family, Dick and I worked at the Post Office together for many years. I have known Dick since we were teenagers. He was a good man and he will be mist. I will be out of town this saturday and unable to attend the service, but My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

CHARLES KYLE-Chub Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time.  There is s smile that comes to my face as I think of all the good times we use to have in the back yard and in the house while we were growing up with your dad.

Elaine Nakashima Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM

Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss.  We will be keeping your entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom and Penny Homolash Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Dave and the entire Bates family.

Tim Young Aug 30 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bates family. So sorry for your loss! Dick was a very special man!

Carmen V. Betoni Jr. Aug 29 2016 12:00 AM