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Ralph Bates passes away at age 82

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Ralph E. Bates, age 82, of Chesterton, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso.

He was born on September 14, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Bates of Chesterton; his two sons, Ralph E. (Donna) Bates, Jr. of Graceville, FL, and Anthony (Michelle) Pundrich of Westville, IN; and by his grandsons Richard Bates and Maxwell and Nickolas Pundrich.

Ralph was a proud Army Veteran, having served in Germany from 1957-1959. He retired from Bethlehem Steel Quality Assurance as an Administrative Assistant. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Chesterton, and he enjoyed making picture frames and completing precise, intricate woodworking. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved the Chicago Cubs.

Memorial donations may be given to the VNA Hospice Center, 2404 Valparaiso Street, Valparaiso, IN, 46383, or to the Porter County Animal Shelter, 2056 Heavilin Rd, Valparaiso, IN, 46385.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton.

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Posted 11/15/2016




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