Richard J. Cates, Jr.
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
Richard J. Cates Jr. passed away on August 7, 2017 at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa Ok. surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Palmer Marler Funeral Chapel in Cushing Ok. Interment will follow at the Brooks Cemetery in Silver City, Oklahoma.
Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, Ok.
Richard was born on April 30, 1946 to Richard J. and Dorothy May (Kendrick) Cates Sr. in Dewey Oklahoma. Richard grew up in a military family, traveling all over and attending numerous schools, even in France. Growing up Richard was a fun loving spirit that enjoyed making people laugh. He worked as a bus driver for Yale Public Schools for many years, the children always looked forward to seeing him. Those that knew him enjoyed his witty humor. Richard’s past time was dealing with livestock and woodworking. Most of all, he delighted in spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Richard is survived by one son: Duane R. Cates and wife Diana, one brother: Duane A. Cates and wife Patricia, one sister: Rebecca McIntire and husband Gary, three grandchildren: Amanda Cates and Fiancé Tyler Hogsett, Dylon Cates, Denver Cates, and great-granddaughter: Kinsleigh Cates, nieces: Kimberly Howard, Hali McIntire, Hilary Vaughn and husband Martin, Heather Millermon and husband Shawn, nephews: Preston McIntire and wife Danielle, Aaron McIntire and wife Jodie, great nieces and nephews: Bailey Hall, Colby McIntire, Ashley Howard, Jessica and Cashton McIntire, Cruz, and Cord McIntire, Rylee, Sydney, and Casper Vaughn, Paige and Conner Millermon.
Other surviving relatives are Dan Wilson and wife Tina, Bill Wilson, Clifford Wilson and wife Cassandra, Tony Wilson and wife Kelly, Kim Wilson, Marie Gundlach and husband Joe, Rocky Wilson, grandchildren: Tiffany Russell and husband James, Kelbey Wilson and wife Heather, Chance Wilson and wife Samantha, Zac Wilson, Cassidy Wilson, Callie Wilson, Caitlyn Wilson, Carlie Wilson, Jory Gundlach, Olivia Gundlach, Mattie Sue Wilson, Amanda Neal, Michelle Wilson, Ashley Paxton, Nick Wilson, and CJ Wilson, Pernell Dopheide and wife Mindy, Savanah Logston, and husband Jordan , great-grandchildren: Josoline, and Jett and a host of other friends and family.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, wife Lois, Shawn, Matt, and Jack.
Condolences and online guest book are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com.