Richard E. Gates, 67, of Monroeville, died early Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 9, 1946, in Norwalk, and was a lifelong area resident. Richard was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, was a former employee of Ersil Kessling Construction Company and Didion Construction Company, and was the owner of Richard Gates Builders since 1972. He recently retired having built many homes in the area.
Richard enjoyed collecting and working on antique tractors, and gardening.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty J. (Bauer, who was raised in Milan) Gates, of Monroeville; his daughter and son-in-law, Mariellen and Charles Nay, of Norwalk; and by his grandchildren, Nicholas and Kristy Nay. Richard is also survived by his mother, Virginia (Gfell) Gates, of Monroeville; and by his siblings, Mary Ann and Richard Brooks, of Monroeville, Robert and Loretta Gates, of Norwalk, and Ronald and Patricia Gates, of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elton Gates, in 2001; a half-brother, John Gates; and by his grandson, Joshua Nay.
Friends may call 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Settlement Road, Bronson Township, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28. The Rev. William Pifher will officiate. Interment will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.