James Arthur Bates, 83, a 35 year resident of the Hamilton community, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Jim was born on May 30, 1929 in Gillette, Wyoming, the son of George W. & Alice S. (New) Bates. He made his home in Gillette where he attended grade school until 1941 when he moved to Sheridan, WY.
In 1946 Jim enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country for 2 years, just prior the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1948.
On December 23, 1949 Jim was united in marriage to Carol Robb in Hardin, Montana and they made their home in Gillette and he worked as a relief section foreman for the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad for 10 years. In July of 1960 they moved to Skagit County and finally settled in Hamilton in 1977 where Jim operated A & B Cold Storage & Butchering until his retirement in 1989. He then raised Red Angus beef cattle on his farm.
Jim was an avid photographer, enjoyed going cod fishing and researching genealogy.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol at the family home in Hamilton; his children and their spouses, Tim & Cheryl Bates of Hamilton, Karen & Dennis Allison of Sedro-Woolley, Marilyn Singleton of Sedro-Woolley and Nick & Margie Bates of Hamilton. Two brothers, Donald Bates of Gillette, WY and Scott Bates (Ethel) of Lead, SD; 10 grandchildren, Craig (Karla), Scott (Jennifer) and Mandy Bates, Angela Christensen (Joel), Mina Kay Kua (Joel), Shawn and Jerry Smith, Kimberly Singleton, Meri Lee Schrader and Brandy Jo Sanders; 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Bates and a son-in-law, Dan Singleton.
Memorials are suggested to the United General Hospital Foundation.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Hamilton with Pastor Ron Edwards officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.