Gary L. Bates


Gary L. Bates, age 45 of North Platte, died August 17, 2013 at his home. He was born on August 30, 1967 in Nebraska City, NE to Roger and Edna (Pennington) Bates. Gary grew up in Auburn, but moved with his family to Wallace where he graduated from Wallace High School with the class of 1986. He worked several years doing construction and driving trucks. He later attended the HVAC program at Mid Plains Community College. Gary worked his later years at Paulson’s and for Overton Sand and Gravel.
Gary loved his family, especially his nieces, nephew, and grandson. He enjoyed spending his time riding his trike, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed his dog Dozer, four wheel drive vehicles, and celebrating with family and friends.
Survivors include the Love of his Life, Sheila Schroeder of North Platte; parents, Roger (Lyn Incontro) Bates of Nehawka, NE, and Edna (John Pepper) Bates of Ogallala, NE; sister, Susan (Robert) Ebert of McCook, NE; nieces and nephew, Carolyn and Scott Gardner of North Platte, Spec. Jeff Phelps of Ft. Bragg, NC, and Juliann Phelps of Chappell, NE; step-children Nicole Mount of Gothenburg and Scott Schroeder of Lincoln; and a grandson Tyler Simons of Gothenburg. A memorial has been established in his name and online condolences may be shared at Casual attire is requested at the service.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday August 23, 2013 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home. Inurnment will be at a later date at Nehawka, NE. Those wanting to sign the register book may do so Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.