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In Memory of
William R. Bates
May 22, 1930 - February 8, 2020

Wednesday, February 12th from 4-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Thursday, February 13th 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

Private, Resurrection Cemetery

William R. Bates, age 89, of Westerville, passed away February 8, 2020. Former Blendon Township Trustee for 28 years. U.S. Navy veteran. Member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Blendon Senior Center. Survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon; son, Jason (Brandy) Bates; daughter, Jaime (Kyle) Peters; grandchildren, Taylor and Jordyn Bates, Kade, Kinley and Kye Peters; sister-in-law, Shirley Bates; brother-in-law, Samuel Swisher. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Beatrice (Doughty) Bates, brothers, James, Thomas and Paul Bates, sisters, Nancy Hammond and Mary Swisher. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E . Schrock Road, Westerville, Wednesday 4-8 p.m.. Funeral mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 313 N. State Street, Westerville, Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Fr. Jonathan F. Wilson, celebrant. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Plain Township/New Albany Firefighter Foundation at


Cindy Royce

Feb 11, 2020

Shari and family, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. May your hearts be filled with all of the wonderful memories you have to help you through this very sad time. With prayers. Cindy


Kathy Morgan

Feb 11, 2020

Shari and family, Jeff and I were so very sorry to hear that Bill passed so suddenly. Our hearts and our prayers are with you. We hope your memories of all the years you've spent together bring more joy than sorrow in the weeks and months ahead. We made a donation in Bill's name. Much love to you all, Kathy Morgan & Jeff Reasinger


Debbie Hale

Feb 11, 2020


Debbie Hale

Feb 11, 2020


Mark Buckingham

Feb 11, 2020

Shari - Wishing you and your family a sense of comfort and peace during this time. You are loved!


Joyce Falk

Feb 12, 2020

So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. I know you will miss him. Prayers for comfort and support in this time of grief. Joyce Falk


Wendy Sorenson

Feb 13, 2020

Sharri, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers. May you find comfort and peace in the weeks ahead.