Otto C. Gates, formerly of Arkport

ARKPORT-Otto C. Gates, 97, formerly of 9127 Strobel Road, Arkport, died late Friday evening at Hornell Gardens where he had resided for the past five years.


Born in the Town of South Dansville on November 26, 1917, he was the son of Clair & Agnes (Eveland) Gates.


Otto was a lifelong resident of the South Dansville area and had attended the former Cobb School in South Dansville.


He was employed for 46 years as a general farm hand for Stanley Osborn Farms, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the South Dansville Methodist Church.


Otto was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Frances Gates and Mildred Downey.


He was married on November 28, 1943 to the former Sarah G. Rex who survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Thelma “Jean” Gates of Arkport; 3 sons, Donald (Charlene) Gates of Jasper, Dave (Mindy) Gates of Arkport and Roger “Charlie” Gates of Arkport; 7 grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) Stephens, Carrie (Bryan) Paul, Donald (Stephanie) Gates, Karen (Michael) Smith, Karla (Johnny) Yarka, Kristie (Tommy) Radford & Donovan Gates; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; several nieces & nephews.


The family of Otto C. Gates will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY, where funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 7:00 PM with Rev. Donald Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, South Dansville, NY.


Otto’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contribution in his name be made to either Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 945 County Rt. 64, Elmira, NY 14903 or to Hornell Gardens Activities Fund, 434 Monroe Ave., Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.


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