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Willis Deane Bates

Fort Valley, Georgia

June 7, 1936 - May 14, 2024

Willis Deane Bates Obituary

Warner Robins, GA – Willis Deane Bates, 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Brightmoor Hospice

Inpatient Facility in Macon, GA.

Willis was born on June 7, 1936, in Lake City, Iowa to the late Arthur and Pearl (Willis) Bates. He served his

country in the United States Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. Among many awards

received during his career with the Air Force, he earned the prestigious Valor award for actions while under fire

during the Vietnam War Tet Offensive. He was an excellent marksman and a member of the Air Force Rifle

Team, competing in service wide events.

Following his service in the Air Force, Willis went on to work and retire from Robins Air Force Base as an

Information Technology Specialist. In his spare time, Willis enjoyed reading, specifically westerns, loved to travel,

and was an avid hunter.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 65 years, Steina (Petersen) Bates of Warner Robins, GA;

daughter: Carol Jane Lavender (John) of Gordon, GA; son: Jeffrey Lee Bates (Britta) of Germany; grandchildren:

Stuart (Tammy), Yvette, Stephan (Emily), Jennifer, and Matthias; five great grandchildren; and his sister, Rosemary Sue Donner of

Rochester, MN.

With honor, Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Willis Deane Bates hosted by Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory.

Warner Robins, GA – Willis Deane Bates, 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Brightmoor Hospice

Inpatient Facility in Macon, GA.

Willis was born on June 7, 1936, in Lake City, Iowa to the late Arthur and Pearl (Willis) Bates. He served his

country in the United States Air Force for 27 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. Among many awards

received during his career with the Air Force, he earned the prestigious Valor award for actions while under fire

during the Vietnam War Tet Offensive. He was an excellent marksman and a member of the Air Force Rifle

Team, competing in service wide events.

Following his service in the Air Force, Willis went on to work and retire from Robins Air Force Base as an

Information Technology Specialist. In his spare time, Willis enjoyed reading, specifically westerns, loved to travel,

and was an avid hunter.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 65 years, Steina (Petersen) Bates of Warner Robins, GA;

daughter: Carol Jane Lavender (John) of Gordon, GA; son: Jeffrey Lee Bates (Britta) of Germany; grandchildren:

Stuart (Tammy), Yvette, Stephan (Emily), Jennifer, and Matthias; five great grandchildren; and his sister, Rosemary Sue Donner of

Rochester, MN.

With honor, Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Willis Deane Bates hosted by Burpee-Scott Memorial Chapel & Crematory.

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