September 16, 2002
Obituary: Lyman Stanley Bates
A graveside service for Lyman Stanley Bates, lately of Woodinville (formerly of Spokane and other places), was held at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane Sept. 9. Stan passed quietly away at home on Friday, Sept. 6.
He was born in Holbrook, Ariz., to Lyman E. Bates and Margaret Perkins Bates on April 16, 1919. He grew up in northern Arizona, enlisting in the Army in July 1940. He received a field commission during World War II and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1953. He retired from civil service in 1973 in Spokane, spending his final years in Issaquah and Woodinville with his bride, Rita Hanning Bates.
He was a golfer, an avid fisherman and traveler until his sight failed him. He was a loving and beloved husband, father and opa. All who spent time with him enjoyed his ready wit and tales of his fond early memories.
He will be greatly missed by his surviving wife, Rita Bates of Woodinville; his children, Ellen Reese of Spokane, Elaine Ure of Boca Raton, Fla., Kerrin Bates of El Paso, Texas, Mavis Hunter of Tacoma, and Gilda Dixon of Colville; his sisters; a brother; 14 grandchildren and 10 plus great grandchildren.
The family suggests donations to Hospice in lieu of flowers.