Oct. 28, 2011 Yorkville Kendall County Illinois, USA
Leroy A. "Shorty" Bates, 75, of Yorkville, formerly of Bethany, passed away 4:40 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2011 in his home. Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011 at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan. Visitation will be held one hour before the services at the funeral home, Sullivan. Inurnment will be in Camfield Cemetery, Sullivan. The family suggests casual attire. Leroy was born December 27, 1935, in Cowden the son of Ralph Moll and Marie (Beck) Bates. He married Laurenda N. Rieser September 11, 1993. He was a member of the Bethany Masonic Lodge # 884 for 50 years, and he was a member of the Cement Finishers Local # 103, Decatur. He is survived by his wife Laurenda; sons, Rob (Denise) Bates of Sullivan, Randy Bates of Decatur; daughter, Jody (Mitch) Cuffle of Sullivan; step-daughters, Rennell Brumel of Yorkville, Rene Rischl of Oswego and Vickie (Jon) Drendell of Naperville; sister, Betty I. Miller of Effingham; 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, step-father Forrest Banning, brothers, Gene and Junior; sisters, Rosemary, Shirley and Nancy.