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Obituary for Dorwyn Ray Bates

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