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James Robert Bates

May 30, 1937 - September 29, 2018

Evansville Indiana Obituary 175

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It is with great sadness that the family of James Robert Bates (Sonny) of Evansville, Indiana; announces his passing on September 29, 2018 at the age of 81.  James was born on May 30, 1937 in Evansville, Indiana to Robert and Mary Bates.

James was a true patriarch of his family.  He enjoyed being outside doing anything on the water.  He passed that love on to his children and grandchildren. James was a big supporter of Wounded Warriors and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

James was preceded in death by his wife; Feliciana Valino Bates, his parents; Robert E Bates and Mary Jessie Bates, his sons;  Charles Ray Bates and Raymond Lee Bates, his sisters; Rose Lee Vassuer and Mary E Abel.

James is survived by his children Tina LaCourse, James R. Bates Jr, Donna (George) Kirshbaum, and Michael Ray Bates.  Ten grandchildren; Robert LaCourse, Christina Wampler, Patrick LaCourse, Jenifer Massengill, Tiffany Ranney, Amber Bates, James Robert Bates III,  Katie Baker, Donna Ranney, and Savanna Bates, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00-12:00pm at Sunset Funeral Home, with burial on Monday October 8, 2018 at Rosehill Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation in memory of James to your favorite charity

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