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January 11, 2014

Francis Guy Tate Jr.

DANA — Francis Guy Tate Jr., 92, of Dana, died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in his residence. He was a retired millwright for General Motors Corporation at Tilton, Ill., with 35 years of service. He also was owner of Tate’s Body Shop in Dana.  He was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Paris, Ill., to the late Francis Guy Tate Sr. and Helen Coyle Tate.  

His wife of 69 years, Lena Beth Goodman Tate, whom he married April 3, 1939, in Greene County, Ind., died March 7, 2009.

Survivors include five sons, Ronald Arthur (Karen) Tate of Cincinnati, Jack Tate of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Donald (Lisa) Tate of Indianapolis, Timothy (Mary) Tate of Fishers, and William (Eileen) Tate of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two daughters, Sue (Carl) Seyfert of Dana, and Lynne (Darrell) Higham of Terre Haute; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sons, Gary Lee, James Robert, Bus and Dennis Tate; and two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Tate.

He was a graduate of Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Church of Christ in Terre Haute. He served as the first president and charter member of the Indiana chapter of Good Sam Club. He was a member of United Auto Workers Credit Union.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Overpeck-Gooch Funeral Home, 225 N. Maple Street, in Dana, with Brett Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Terre Haute. Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. A special thank you to all his caregivers for taking such good care of our dad. Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley, 400 Eighth Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47804. Friends may sign an online guest register at:

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