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Arthur D. Bates

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Funeral services for Mr. Arthur D. Bates, 78, of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Spencer. Rev. Brent Lingle and Rev. Roger Linnan will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday with the family present from 4-6 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

A Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. and a Vigil service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Warner Funeral Home.

Arthur passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at St. Luke Lutheran Home of Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery of Spencer.

Arthur D. Bates, the son of Clifford and Freda (Lindsay) Bates, was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Omaha, Neb. His childhood was spent in Council Bluffs, where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June of 1948 and served until his honorable discharge in 1952. He then returned to Council Bluffs, where he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. He joined the Iowa State Patrol in June of 1953. He was assigned to Post 1 in Des Moines and resided in Marshalltown.

Art married Mary Alice Lang on April 24, 1954, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshalltown.

In 1969, he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to Spencer, where he served until his retirement in July of 1991 after 38 years of service. Highlighting his years were providing security for the 1959 visit of Nikita Kruschev. He was selected as chief photographer for the patrol for the Papal visit of Pope John Paul II on Oct. 4, 1979. One of his most difficult times was when he assisted with the aftermath of the crash of Flight 232 near Sioux City. He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer and was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 51 years, Mary Alice, on Nov. 18, 2005.

Arthur is survived by his seven children: Susan Bates of Spencer, Daniel Bates and his wife, Connie of Spencer, Regina and her husband, Jerry Huber of Spencer, Mary Ostrihonsky and her husband, Joe of Sioux City, Robert Bates and his wife, Kim of Spencer, Jeff Bates and his wife, Julie of Morton, Ill., and Michael Bates of Spencer; 15 grandchildren; a brother, George Bates and wife, Pat; and two sisters: Joyce Fox and Jo Joslin and her husband, Merle -- all of Council Bluffs.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.