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408 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 0866
Farwell, MI 48622
Phone: 989-588-4541
Fax: 989-588-6084
Dorwyn Bates

Dorwyn Ray Bates

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019
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Dorwyn Ray Bates- age 76 of Farwell, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Medilodge of Clare. Dorwyn was born on March 3, 1943 to parents Dorwyn T. and Dorthea Maxine (Opdyke) San Francisco, CA. Following graduation from High School he proudly served with the United States Marine Corp. He worked for General Motors, retiring from GM in Lansing. He was married to Frances Jo Hale on August 21, 1965 in Lansing and together they raised two children. He loved playing with his grandchildren, fishing, and hanging with his friends at the Clare Eagles and American Legion Post. He will be greatly missed by his love of 54 years, Frances, his children; Christopher Bates and Jennifer Timoteo of Farwell, Danielle Bates and Alan Gallant of Holt, five grandchildren; Dustyn, Jeffrey, Cienna, Jayden, Emilee, three great-grandchildren; Addison. Braylee and Carson, brother Dale Bates and wife Janie of East Lansing, nephew Mark Bates and wife Jessica, and a host of family members and friends. Dorwyn's wishes were to be cremated and a Memorial gathering and celebration of his life is being planned for a later date. Please share your memories and condolences online at
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A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion in Farwell at 1:00 PM on June 22nd, 2019.


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Jennifer Nelson

Posted at 06:07am
Uncle Dor, you will be greatly missed. You were a one of a kind gruff, scary, sweet, loveable man. Thank you for all of the life lessons.

Tamayo Family

Posted at 02:40am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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