|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1908|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 1964|
LCDR (CEC) USNR
Death Notice and Obituary (The Ulysses News)
Vernon Bates Dies After Flight for Emergency Surgery
Vernon C. Bates died Satruday evening, Mar. 28, shortly after his arrival at the Kansas University Medical Center at Kansas City, Kansas, where he had been flown for emergency surgery. Extremely ill more than a year ago of a heart ailment, Mr. Bates had apparently recovered and was back at his work as a civil engineer with Popejoy Construction company before his relatively brief last illness.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 31, at the Shelton Memorial Chirstian church with the Rev. Jack Wylie officiating. Active pallbearers were all fellow employees from Popejoy company, C. L. Garrett, Dewayne Malone, Mark Hoskinson, H. C. Snodgrass, Ralph Nuckles, and Keight Robertson. Honorary pallbearers included C. W. Hickok, M. O. Thomas, L. F. Hohner, Rollo Ulsh, Fred Sweazy, Dan Sullivan Jr., Owen Steen, Ralph Mendenhall, and Joy McGaughey. Services were directed by Phillips Mortuary with the Masonic rites and a military ceremony. Burial was at Valley View cemetery in Garden City Tuesday afternoon.
A native Kansan, Mr. Bates was born at Garden City June 18, 1908, the son of Mrs. and Mrs. Elmer Bates. He was reared at Garden City, and was married to Frances A. Peterson at Scott City, October 31, 1927. After attending Kansas State University, he was employed by the Kansas State Highway Commission and later by the United States Corps of Army Engineers at Omaha. He came to Ulysses from Omaha ten years ago to join the Popejoy Contsruction company as a registered engineer.
During World War II he served three years in the civil engineers corps of the Navy, known as the Seabees, with active duty on the island of Oahu and Okinawa. He attained the rank of Lieutenant commander and continued in the naval reserve as an officer after returning to civilian life. Mr. Bates was a member and active as a leader in the Shelton Memorial Christ church in Ulysses and was a deacon and chairman of the congregation at the time of his death. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Garden City.
Survivors include Mrs. Bates and two daughters, Mrs. Betty Caldwell of Denver and Miss Jean Bates, a student at the University of Kansas; a sister, Mrs. Bernita Dale, and a nephew Roger Dale, both of Wichita, Kansas.
Elmer C. Bates (1883 - 1955)
Violet Lucy Leamer Bates (1888 - 1953)
Frances Arlettia Peterson Bates (1907 - 1997)*
Vernon C. Bates (1908 - 1964)
Bernita Bates Dale (1913 - 1987)*
Note: Interred 3/31/1964
Valley View Cemetery
Plot: Zone D, Lot 19, Space 1
Maintained by: J&D Peterson
Originally Created by: scrap
Record added: May 18, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10988442