Phillip Gates


August 30, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Phillip R. Gates, 77, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at his home in Lebo. 

Phillip Rollin Gates was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Elsmore, the son of Dwight Leonard and Ruth B. (Colwell) Gates. 

He graduated from Iola High School in 1953. Phil was a truck driver and member of the teamsters and drove for ABF and Chief Freight Line and retired in 2000.

Phil was joined in marriage to Saundra Harness on March 2, 1956. She passed away in 1996. He later married Linda Hodges-Davies on Oct. 15, 1997. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Gates.

Phil is survived by his wife, Linda, of the home; two daughters, Phyllis Van Horn of Leawood and Sherry Valentine of Kansas City, Mo.; a son, David Gates of Texas; two sisters, Belle Grimsley of Americus and Viola Nott of Topeka; and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Moran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice and sent in care of Jones Van-Arsdale Funeral Home, P.O. Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856 

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