Clarence A. Gates, 91, Navy vet who took up carpentry, owned a stamp and coin shop and bowled 300 more than once

Clarence A. Gates (Courtesy of Woodlawn Funeral Home)
Clarence A. Gates (Courtesy of Woodlawn Funeral Home)

Clarence A. Gates, of Virginia Beach, VA, was 91 years of age when he succumbed to illness on Christmas morning, 2015.

He is survived by Joan D. Gates, his wife of 69 years; his daughter, Dolores (Dodie) Peltier, and son-in law, Jay Peltier; son, Donald P. Gates, Sr., and daughter-in-law, Linda Susan Gates. Also surviving him are his granddaughter Debra L. Bryant and her husband John Bryant; grandsons Mathew C. Radley and Donald P. Gates, Jr. ; great granddaughter Caitlyn Bryant, and great grandsons, Brandon Bryant, Justin Bryant, Cullen Radley, Dallis Radley and step great grandson Reilly Fentress. He is also survived by two sisters: Eloise Dowler of Belpre, OH, and Barbara Bowles of Parkersburg, WV.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, on August 27, 1924, to Clarence E. Gates and Merle Lowe Gates. He served our country in the US Navy for a total of 23 years, said service including WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired in 1966, as Radioman Chief and settled in Virginia Beach where he took up carpentry and was part owner of a stamp and coin shop before his final retirement and pursuit of his favorite hobbies – stamp collecting and bowling, where he achieved the perfect 300 game on more than one occasion.

A funeral service was held December 30. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity to benefit veterans, wounded warriors, heart and/or lung disease research.

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