July 25, 1928 ~ August 8, 2005
Gates, Derle Dean passed away on Monday, August 8th, 2005 at his home in Long Beach. His wife and daughter were present at his side at his time of passing. He was born the third of six children to Park and Marguerite Gates in Mount Vernon, Ohio in 1928.
Derle moved to Redondo Beach, CA. in 1957 where he raised his family and worked with his brother as manager of Gates Texaco. He later went on to a career with the U-haul company where he retired in January of 1993.
He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his wife and family. He loved attending his grandchildrenâ€™s sporting events. He is a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Long Beach, CA. Son, Michael (Linda) Gates of Verona, MO. Son, Pat (Irene) Gates of Needles, CA. Daughter Brenda (Michael) Izzo of Torrance, CA. Sister, Marcene (Roger) Black of Gardena, CA. and Brother Robert Gates of Torrance, CA. He is also survived by Stepdaughter Kathy Rolfe of Yuba City, CA. Stepson Anthony Collins of San Diego, CA. Stepson Timothy Collins of Lacey, WA. As well as fourteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at White & Day Colonial Chapel, 901 Torrance Bl., in Redondo Beach on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 2:00 pm: The reception will follow from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Inurnment will be private. None of us will be the same without him.
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