|Birth: ||Jun. 5, 1938|
|Death: ||Jan. 18, 2008|
Ernest "Ernie" Gates, Big Falls, Minn., died peacefully at his home Friday Jan. 18, 2008. He was 69 years of age.
Born June 5, 1938, in International Falls, he grew up at Gates' Corner just west of Big Falls. He moved into Big Falls in 1949 and had lived there since.
He was united in marriage to the former Darlene Nelson.
Ernie was proud of being an independent logger and truck driver.
He loved hunting, ice fishing, four-wheeling, spending time at "Charlie's" Shack at Gates' Corner with his wife and family. He was a Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan and would often comment on their playing abilities.
A five-year cancer survivor, he attended Gemmell Community Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Anna (Flugal) Gates; a sister, Lois Holmquist; and an infant brother, Ernest Gates.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Darlene; children, Anita (Bob) Goodell and their children, Ashley, Denise, and Brandon, Julie (Douglas) Doxsee and their son Riley, Scott (Sheri) Gates and their children, Andy, Aaron, Austin, and Danyele, Michael (Candace) Gates and their children, Chelsey and Haylee and step-daughter, Heidi (Corey) Watson and their children, Hawken, Aurora, and Chase; special children in Ernie's life, Pamela (Brad) Hiemenz and their children, Billie Jo, Katie and Sam, Terry (Karen) Baird, Barb Baird, and Brenda (Dan) Sursely; brother, Leroy Gates of St. Cloud, Minn.; sisters, Joyce Gates of Denver, Colo. and Beverly Ranisate of Aurora, Minn.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. at the Big Falls Community Building with visitation two hours prior to services, Saturday Jan. 26.
Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Big Falls, at a later date.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Inc., International Falls.
Created by: James Radzak
Record added: Jan 24, 2008
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