Col. James D. Bates, U.S.
Army, Ret., 83, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011 in Pueblo.
He was born May 24, 1928 in Princeton to Louis and Helen Bates.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; a brother, Louis Bates, Jr., and a nephew, James Robert Judd.
He is survived by Jeanne, his
beloved wife of 61 years; children, Raymond L. (Penny) and Kenneth J. (Margaret)
Bates; two sisters, Helen Cummings and Maxine Smith, both of Houston, Texas; and six grandchildren.
Col. Bates graduated from RiversideAcademy, Gainesville, Georgia, the University of Denver,
and received his MBA degree from the University of Alabama. Col. Bates spent more than 31 years in the US Army. His assignments
included Korea, Viet Nam, Germany, France, the Philippine Islands and many locations in
culminating his career as the Commander of the Pueblo Army Depot. He retired
from the Army in 1978. He received many commendations and decorations, to
include the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster. After retirement he
spent 11 years with the PuebloCounty government as Director of Personnel and
Administration of the Pueblo County Retirement Plan. He served on many boards
and commissions, to include the Pueblo Development Commission; the Pueblo
County Capital Construction Corporation; County Retirement Board; PDA Reuse
Commission; PDA Development Authority; and the Southern Colorado Economic
Development District. He also served on the boards of the Pueblo Symphony
Association; The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce; United Way of Pueblo; and the RosemountMuseum. Col. Bates was past president and very active member
of Pueblo Rotary Club No. 43 and Pueblo Chapter, Military officers Association
A memorial service,
will be held at Wednesday,
October 5, 2011, in the
Montgomery & Steward Chapel in Pueblo,
Colorado, concluding with military honors. Interment will be
at Ft.LoganNationalCemetery in Denver.
Jim's wish was to be
remembered for his love of his family, country and friends, and his desire to