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December 2002
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Goodbye, Alfred Gates

Alfred H. Gates, age 87 of Ann Arbor, and also of Beaver Island, died November 19, 2002 at Superior Woods Nursing Home in Superior Township, Michigan. Visitation and memorial service was held on Sunday November 24 in Plymouth.

Mr. Gates leaves his wife, Helen M. Gates, and his children Peggy (Thomas) Goodart, Thomas (Vickie), Sue (Ted) Rutledge-Hehl and Larry (Molly.) He also leaves five grandchildren: Jenna, Ken, Casey, Kelly, and Joe.

Mr. Gates graduated from Plymouth High School in 1934. He served as a paratrooper in the Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He was an avid fisherman and golfer. His hobbies also include woodworking, in which he spent many hours in his shop during retirement making projects for family and friends. He spent the majority of his career as owner and operator of his auto service station, Hickory Hill Gulf in Ypsilanti. He also owned a cottage on Beaver Island, where he and his family enjoyed vacations together for 30 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to Superior Woods Health Care Center, Sub-Acute Unit, 8380 Geddes, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198; or to the Beaver Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 263, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782


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