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Howard L. Bates

April 27, 1930 - October 27, 2018

Muncie – Howard L. Bates, 88, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2018, at his home.
He was born in Wayne County, KY on April 27, 1930, the son of Theodore and Lillie (Morrow) Bates, graduated from Muncie Central High School, served in the US Army, and married Joyce A. Bantz on March 4, 1949.
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Muncie – Howard L. Bates, 88, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2018, at his home.
He was born in Wayne County, KY on April 27, 1930, the son of Theodore and Lillie (Morrow) Bates, graduated from Muncie Central High School, served in the US Army, and married Joyce A. Bantz on March 4, 1949.
Mr. Bates was employed at the Muncie Public Library until his retirement.
He attended Fountain Square United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce; three children, Jeanne L. Bates, Andrea Benson (husband, Philip) grandson, Jason Russell (wife, Brittney) great-grandchildren, Kellen and Kyler, granddaughter, Carrie (Russell) Reed (husband, Derek) great-grandchildren, Oli, Abby, and Drew, granddaughter, Jennifer Benson Rector (husband, Clarence), and granddaughter, Stefanie Benson, Michael Bates (wife, Carolyn) Grandson, Benjamin Bates, Granddaughter, Lisa (Bates) Haagen (husband, Jared), great-grandchildren, AJ and Morgan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter-in-law, Debra Bates; and several brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Fountain Square United Methodist Church. Cremation was held.
Friends may call at the church from 1:30 p. m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Memorials may be directed To Fountain Square United Methodist Church, 4405 S. Madison St., Muncie, IN 47302 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at meeksmortuary.com.

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