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Thomas Bates
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Birth: May 7, 1873
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 8, 1948
Jefferson County
Colorado, USA

Thomas was born in Illinois and moved with his wife, Mary, to Colorado about 1898. Shortly afterward he went to work for Olinger Mortuary as caretaker for their horses used to pull funeral coaches. He became a coach driver and later driver of the first motorized hearses. Thomas was the driver for the hearse in the funeral of Buffalo Bill Cody in 1917. He later studied embalming and worked in that profession until his retirement about 1945. (Contributed by his late grandson, Jack Marriott)


Published in Rocky Mountain News (June 10, 1948):

Thomas Bates Recitation of the rosary for Thomas Bates, Denver resident for 50 years who died Tuesday, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Olinger Mortuary, Boulder St.

Requiem mass will be sung at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Magdalene Church and burial will follow in Mount Olivet.

Mr. Bates, who lived at 2867 Benton St., died at his home after a week-long illness.

He was born in Auburn, Ill., May 7, 1873, and received his schooling there. He farmed for a short while in Albia, Iowa, when a young man before moving to Denver. He was married in Albia to Mary Burns and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary here last April 19.

He had been employed as a mortician at the Olinger Mortuaries for 41 years prior to his retirement five years ago.

He was an ardent hunter and fisherman and pursued those hobbies throughout the Colorado Rockies. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and St. Mary Magdalene Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, William, Denver; three daughters, Mrs. Marguerite Hizel, McCook, Neb., Mrs. Genevieve McNealey, San Francisco, and Mrs. Helen Marriott, Denver; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Family links: 
  William George Bates (1826 - 1905)
  Mary Kennedy Bates (1837 - 1888)
  Mary Ann Burns Bates (1877 - 1951)
  Marguerite Isabelle Bates Hizel (1899 - 1980)*
  William F Bates (1901 - 1951)*
  Genevieve M. Bates McNealey (1905 - 1967)*
  Helen Veronica Bates Marriott (1913 - 2011)*
  John W. Gates (1856 - 1939)*
  Stephen Bates (1857 - 1860)*
  Margaret Bates O'Boyle (1858 - ____)*
  Francis Bates (1862 - 1863)*
  Stephen A. Bates (1864 - 1880)*
  Frances A. Bates Flattery (1866 - 1915)*
  David William Bates (1873 - 1944)*
  Thomas Bates (1873 - 1948)
  Joseph Leo Bates (1880 - 1934)*
  Francis Bates (1882 - 1883)*
  Amos E. Gates (1889 - 1956)**
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Wheat Ridge
Jefferson County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Sec 23 Blk 3
Maintained by: Bill Bates
Originally Created by: Jack Marriott
Record added: Jun 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38297345
Thomas Bates
Added by: Bill Bates
Thomas Bates
Added by: Bill Bates
Thomas Bates
Added by: Jack Marriott
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- Bill Bates
 Added: Jan. 19, 2016
May you rest in peace.
- Bill Bates
 Added: Jan. 19, 2016

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