John D. Bates
April 23, 1919 - September 14, 2020
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John Davis Bates, age 101, of Hortonville, passed away on September 14, 2020 at his residence surrounded by family. John was born on April 23, 1919 in Madison to the late Wilfred Bartlett, Sr. and Mary Frances (Bartlett) Bates.  He married Ruth Rinke and together they spent 48 years together until her death in 1988. …

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Tom Fucik left a message on January 12, 2021:
I periodically think of Mr Bates even though he last coached me 55 years ago. Even though a half a century has passed, when I did see him in the last few years it felt uncomfortable to call him John. I have had that much respect for him. Outside of my immediate family I can think of no one else who had such a positive impact on my life.
Edith Stecker left a message on September 21, 2020:
Dear Carole, The last time I saw you was at Gene's funeral in 2005 so I know that this is a difficult time for you. You have my sympathy. Recently Nancy drove me past Lochbur and so much has changed there, I hardly recognizes it.
Joan from St. Edward Parish left a message on September 21, 2020:
Carole, I am sorry to hear about your husband. My deepest sympathy.
Brian and Terese Kobinsky left a message on September 21, 2020:
So sorry for your loss Becky
Sandy Stefl Drexler left a message on September 18, 2020:
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Mr. Bates was my diving coach for a very short time, but my admiration and appreciation for him lasted a lifetime. I remember taking my bike over to visit, as he was such a warm and caring person, and I enjoyed being able to spend time with him. More than 50 years later, he still has a special place in my heart. May he rest in peace and his family find comfort in memories of a life well lived.
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Brenda Fritsch left a message on September 17, 2020:
Carole, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen you for years but think of you often when I go by your former home on Lochbur. Sending only best wishes your way, take care.
Betsy McCarthy left a message on September 17, 2020:
Thank you Dad for all you have given to your family and the world around you. As a dad, you were always there - firm but loving and always consistent. We knew we could count on you and patience was your virtue. Your memory will live on through all the life lessons you have guided us on and we are passing on to our children and grandchildren. Love you forever Dad.
Andy Killoren left a message on September 17, 2020:
Had the privilege of accompanying John on a Honor Flight a few years back the day spent with him left a lasting impression that I will continue to carry with me for a long time. RIP John
Becky Hewitt left a message on September 16, 2020:
I can't say enough good words about my Dad. He was everything to everybody. He was such an excellent role model for all of his 4 kids and grand kids and all of his many students. He touched hundreds of lives in his 101 years on this precious earth. A better life he couldn't have had. He was a family man and husband to two wonderful women, my mom, Ruth, and stepmom, Carole, both of who aided to him living so long. A big thank you to my brother Steve and wife, Barb, who stayed with my Dad in his own home along with wife Carole until his passing day. Love to you all. RIP Dad!
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
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