Wayne Roger Bates, 83, of Maple Ridge passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.
Wayne was born in Alpena County on February 14, 1937 to the late Floyd and Daisy (Montie) Bates. Wayne retired from Abitibi in 1999 after 37 years. On July 23, 2005, he married Gayle (Kirchoff) Kauffman. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball and will be remembered for playing in area bands including Wild Country, Drifters and Over the Hill Band.
Surviving are his wife, Gayle; 4 children, John (Kathryn) Geddert, Wayne (Denise) Bates, Mark (Kristine) Bates, Tina Bates; 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; Gayle’s family, Brad (Melissa) Kauffman, Brian (Catherine) Kauffman, Jeff (Kim) Kauffman, Chris (Gina) Kauffman; 10 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mabel Johnson, Dale Mousseau; brother, Terry (Tammy) Bates; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bates was preceded in death by grandson, Justin M. Wieschowski; and an infant brother, Roy.
Memorial visitation will take place on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Bannan Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 4 p.m. with Rev. James Erickson officiating.