Stephen James Bates

                        

Stephen James Bates died peacefully on July 5, 2019, at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster, following a lengthy illness.

Stephen was born to Jack and Jane (Boyes) Bates on July 22, 1972. He lived in Sterling until 1983 when he moved with his parents to Euless, Texas and then to Marietta, Georgia, where he earned his Eagle Scout Badge and later graduated from Marietta High School, the University of Georgia and Microsoft Computer Science School.

Stephen is survived by his father, Jack Bates, and special family friend, Dorothy Bench, both of Medina; sisters, Shawn (Dave) of Kenton and Sherri (Randy) of Seville; nieces, Brittany (Matt) Peterson of Bellefontaine and Caitlyn (Kyle) Roberts of Norton; and great-nieces, Mackenzie Peterson and Sadie Roberts.

Stephen was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Jane Bates, in 2009.

Stephen had an intense passion for music and could often be found either playing the guitar or jotting down lyrics. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his friends and family.

Family graveside services will be held at a later date.

Auble-Gillman Funeral Home has created an online registry for Stephen at www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made in Stephen’s honor to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.


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