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Raymond Dale Bates

Ray D. Bates, 88, of Menifee, CA Entered Into Eternal Rest on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Reche Canyon Rehabilitation and Care Center in Colton, CA. Ray was born on April 11, 1929, in Topeka, Kansas, to the late Chester and Madonna Bates. He was also preceded in death by his younger brother, Joe. He is survived by his beloved wife, and devoted caretaker, of twenty-one years, Gail, and his children: Linda Ward and Terri Lim, both of Denver, CO. He is also survived by three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, sister Irene Walitalo, and five brothers: Carl, Lloyd, Durrel, Ben, and Jerry. He is also survived by four step-children: Steve, Gwen, Holly, Robert, eight step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandson. Ray served in the US Navy during World War II for two years, and was a licensed pilot. He was also an undefeated boxer and loved to dance. He retired from the Crane Operators Union where he was a Crane Engineer for more than fifty years where he built the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Hemet Dam, and the Pala Gambling Casino in Riverside County. Memorial services will be held at Revivial Chrstian Fellowship in Menifee, CA on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10AM. Interment with full Military honors will follow at 12:30PM.Ray Bates Riverside National Cemetery. 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA.


  • Lloyd and Carol Bates Posted January 22, 2018 7:47 pm

    Ray – my older brother – and I spent a lot of time growing up together. I have a lot of memories about those times. As your younger brother, you were there for me during hard times and those things we both had to deal with. You were always there for me. We faced a lot of trying times together. I will always appreciate that I could look up to you for support. When those times came and I had to face difficult times I always knew I could go to you for support and protection. I always looked up to you to help me deal with those challenges that came my way. I knew you would always be there for me. May God bless you and receive you into heaven in His loving care.
    To Ray’s family I want you to know that he protected you and loved you very much. We are sharing in your sorrow.

  • Annette Pankoski Posted January 23, 2018 9:02 am

    I remember Uncle Ray from our family gatherings as a child. My heart goes out to all of his family including my dad. We had a close and fun family and having so many uncles was a treasure for a little girl. May God be with all of you as you grieve the loss of his presence here. Annette Bares Pankoski

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