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Roger John Bates, 64, of

Times of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois

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Roger John Bates, 64, of Mt. Pulaski, passed away at 5:33pm Thursday October 15, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Roger was born September 8, 1951 in Clinton to John N. and Estella Mae Grandfield Bates Jr. He married Rachel Ramsey January 16, 1974 in Arlington, VA. He later married Karen Crawford on May 5, 1984 in Midlothian, VA. She survives of Mt. Pulaski.

Also surviving is his daughter, Kathleen Marie Bates Hammerle of Houston, Texas, and two grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Thomas and Randall.

Roger was a retired correctional officer for the State of Illinois. He was of the Lutheran Faith. He was a member of the Mt. Pulaski VFW Post #777, Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post #447, an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan and was a history buff and avid reader.

Roger served in the United States Army from 1970-1974 during Vietnam. He later joined the United States Navy and served from 1976-1985.

Services were Wednesday October 21 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski. Rev. Jonathan Buescher officiated. Burial was in Steenbergen Cemetery with full military rites accorded.

Memorials: American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or the American Heart Association.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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