MARTINSVILLE, Ill. —
MARTINSVILLE, Ill. — Robert Jackson “Bob” Gates, 78, of Martinsville, passed away at 10:51 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. He was born on Oct. 17, 1934, in Buck Township, Edgar County, Ill., the son of Ralph Jackson Gates and Reba Kathern Van Houten. On June 25, 1955, in Marshall, Ill., he married Anna Mae Wilkey.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anna Gates of Martinsville; daughters, Bonnie Foppe and husband Larry of Trenton, Ill., and Leva Cheryl Utley and husband Henry of Newton, Ill.; brothers, Larry Gates and wife Judy of Tangier, Ind., and Ralph Gates and friend Twyla Sager of Danville, Ill.; sister, Shirley Craig and husband Kenny of Casey, Ill.; grandchildren, Anthony “Tony” Alwardt, Piers Neal, and Justin Neal; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don Gates; and sister, Leona Williams.
Mr. Gates was a 1954 graduate of Martinsville High School and member of the Martinsville First Baptist Church since 1953. Bob worked at Shell Gas Station in Martinsville prior to owning Gates Sunoco in Martinsville from 1971 through 1989. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 5 Trotter Lane, Martinsville, with the Rev. Gene Southard and Brother Art Orndorff officiating. Burial will follow in Ridgelawn Cemetery, in Martinsville. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Greenwell Funeral Home, 30 N. Washington St., in Martinsville.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 5 Trotter Lane, PO Box 357, Martinsville, IL 62442 or Casey Health Care Activity Fund, 100 NE 15th St., Casey, IL 62420. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit: