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Michael Bates - Departed on Mar 02, 2008 - Green Bay, WI
Michael Bates - Departed on Mar 02, 2008 - Green Bay, WI

Michael Bates

Born in Chippewa Falls, WI on Nov 15, 1954

Died on Mar 02, 2008 and resided in Green Bay, WI

Michael T. Bates, 53, of Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 2, 2008 in Riviera Maya, Mexico, while on vacation with his wife. He was born in Chippewa Falls, WI on Nov. 15, 1954, to the late William and Mildred (Ofstad) Bates. Michael was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from UW Eau Claire with a degree in business. On May 25, 1985 Michael married Cynthia Beckers in Green Bay. He was a longstanding member of the Green Bay Yacht Club. Meeting new friends was an adventure for him. He always took the time to learn about someone, seeing the best in others and treating everyone as a friend. Any day was a good day for Mike when surrounded by good friends and family. His perfect day though, would be filled with sunshine, warm light breezes and gentle waves on sparkling blue water. It might well include tinkering on a project with a friend, that was really more about the conversation and friendship, rather than the job at hand. Mike thought the world of his family and friends. Survivors include his wife Cynthia J. Beckers-Bates; son Nicholas A. Bates; step-mother Verna E. Bates; mother-in-law Betty J. Beckers; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marianne Beckers, James Beckers, David Beckers, Debra (Kevin) Tenpas; Amy (Donald) Kuhl; nieces and nephews: Robert Beckers, Brenda Beckers, Danielle Beckers, Andrew Ingold; and special family members Orlan and Barbara Ofstad He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Robert J. Beckers, and godparents Evelyn and Charles Reifenauer. The family invites you to visit with us at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. on Sunday from 12 noon until 3:30 p.m. Memorial Service 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the Bates family at www.prokowall.com.

Service: Sunday Mar 9, 2008, 3:30 pm Memorial Service at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

Visitation: Sunday Mar 9, 2008, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

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