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Robert (Bob) L. Bates, 64

Mar 24, 2013

Robert L. Bates

Bricelyn Robert (Bob) Lyle Bates, age 64, of Bricelyn, formerly of Winnebago, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Spencer Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago. The Rev. Robert Bailey officiated. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

He was born June 1, 1948, at Winnebago, the son of Vere and Elizabeth (Senn) Bates. He was raised in the Winnebago and Delavan areas where he was a 1966 graduate of Winnebago High School. He was united in marriage to Susan Dwight in 1967; to this union two children were born, Jackie and Nicky.

In his early years Robert farmed with his father around Bass Lake, and ran the Bass Lake Store. He later moved to Arizona in the mid 1980’s where he worked at Mobile Mini Storage in Phoenix. He also worked as a manager for Fronteras Nuevas, a hay chopping business in Chandler, Ariz., that supplied hay to many dairies in the region. On March 13, 2001, he was married to Donna Abbas in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2010, following medical complications, Robert returned to the Winnebago area.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Bricelyn; daughters, Jackie (Kha) Hollstein, of Stewartville, and Nicky (Steve) Foth, of Blue Earth; sister, Barbara (Darold) Walker, of Chandler; grandchildren, Zoey Hollstein, Corinne Hollstein, and Stefania Paschke and Jade Foth; and great-grandson, Haydyn Paschke; stepchildren, Dawn (Scott) Hatfield, of Winnebago, Dulce (Everett) Pettit, of Winnebago, and Brandon Henschke, of Mora; and seven step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Bates, Jr.; infant daughter; and parents.

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