BANGOR – The Bates family sadly announces the passing of their father, best friend, grandfather, great-grandfather, and Buba, Wendell R. Bates on Jan. 9, 2014, at a local hospital peacefully surrounded by friends and family. He is now reunited with his wife of 59.3 years and beloved soul mate, Virginia B. Bates, who was called home in 2004.
Born June 4, 1925, in Easton, he proudly and bravely served in the U.S. Marines from 1943-1946, serving in Okinawa, Japan, and the South Pacific Theater. Wendell began an electrical business becoming a Master Electrician, doing electrical work until recently and continued to give electrical advice. He invented the “Stack Vac” which was a chimney cleaning service, he was also a landlord of several rental properties up to his passing.
Wendell was a great story teller, talking for hours about life, politics, and the people he met while working. This earned him the nickname of “Windy.” He loved his family and friends deeply and was always available to help others in need.
He is survived by a brother, Dr. Jack Bates of Atlanta; sister, Helen Gardiner of Mapleton; six children and their spouses, Michael and Mary, David and Cora, Mark and Jayne, Jon and Del, Dianne, and Peter; eight grandchildren, Scott, Jeff, Eric, Jennifer, Bill, Heather, Allison, and Megan; and last but not least, five great-grandchildren, Amanda, Isabel, Drew, Paul, and Alex.
Per his request, there will be no formal service. A memorial/celebration of his life will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, for close friends and family in the area, at his home in Bangor. A private burial will be held at a later date.