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Dr William Walter "Doc" Bates
Birth: Mar. 22, 1915
Monroe County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 1990
Le Mars
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA

Dr. Bill Bates was born on Monday, March 22, 1915, in Melrose, IA, the son of Joe and Maggie (Morrison) Bates. On Monday, March 29, 1915, he was baptized at Melrose St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from MHS in 1932.

On Thursday, September 25, 1941, Bill married Brownie Marvin at St. Mary's Catholic HS Chapel in Omaha, NE. Bill's cousin and lifelong friend, Father Jack Burns, said the Mass.

Bill graduated from the Creighton University dental school in 1941 with a DDS degree. He was a dentist in George, IA, from 1946 to 1949; and then at Remsen, IA, from 1949 until his health-forced retirement in 1976.

Also, Bill was a Major in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II (1942-1946).

Bill was a radio broadcaster by avocation, and he worked at radio station KCOM in Sioux City, IA, in professional baseball broadcasts of the minor-league Sioux City Soos and in high-school boys and girls basketball broadcasts. He is best-remembered for his insightful and entertaining basketball half-time and post-game interviews. He also refereed high-school basketball games.

Bill was a member of Remsen St. Mary's Catholic Church, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the American Legion Post 220.

He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, although the Cubs never won a World Series during his lifetime. (He only lived 74 years.) As a boy, he used to hitchhike to Chicago with his cousin Jack Burns to watch the Cubs.

His hobbies included owning and racing thoroughbred horses, doing crossword puzzles, reading western novels, making and painting plaster of paris statues, and growing beautiful roses. Late in his life, after he went blind from macular degeneration, he would listen to recorded books.

Bill and Brownie had 4 sons and 1 daughter: Bill, Terry, Joe, Brownie, and Bob.

Bill, 74 years old, died at 3:38 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 1990, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, IA, after a lengthy illness. The cause of his death was coronary artery disease, although he also had terminal bladder cancer and gout, along with multiple heart attacks. Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen was in charge of arrangements. On March 17 Bill was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Oskaloosa, IA.
Family links: 
  Joseph Leo Bates (1880 - 1934)
  Margaret Elizabeth Morrison Bates (1880 - 1927)
  Frances Marie Marvin Bates (1916 - 1993)*
  Maurice Thomas Bates (1904 - 1973)*
  James Joseph Bates (1906 - 1975)*
  Mary Agnes Bates Humeston (1910 - 1995)*
  William Walter Bates (1915 - 1990)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Mary's Cemetery
Mahaska County
Iowa, USA
Plot: St. Mary's Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 41.30388, 92.63338
Created by: Bill Bates
Record added: Nov 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80950570
Dr William Walter Doc Bates
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Dr William Walter Doc Bates
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Dr William Walter Doc Bates
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 Added: Dec. 21, 2016

- Cori H
 Added: Apr. 16, 2016
Happy birthday, Dad.
- Bill Bates
 Added: Mar. 22, 2016
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