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.
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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