Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at Wise Family Funeral Home in Hastings, Neb.
He was born in Iowa on July 27, 1946 to Willard and Helen Bates.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Willard Bates and Jeane Geisinger; and stepfather, Gerald Geisinger.
Thomas is survived by daughters: Kelly Hochstetler and husband, Chris of Council Bluffs, and Krista Bates of Hastings, Neb.; two grandchildren; sisters: Karen Becker and husband, Ron of Hastings, Neb.; and Jerri Warntjes and husband, Tom of Spencer; brothers: Larry Geisinger and wife, Nancy of Spencer, Oren Geisinger and wife Kathy of Ames, Greg Geisinger of Hastings, Steven Bates and wife, Peggy of Fayetteville, NC, Michael Geisinger and wife, Peggy of Gilbert, Ariz., and Richard Geisinger and wife, Jackie of Hastings; step-mother, Helen Bates of Fayetteville, N.C.
The Wise Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
To view the memorial video and sign the guest book, go to www.wisefamilyfh.com