Gilbert “Jim” G. Gates

Last Updated on February 26, 2023 by Gundrum Funeral Home

Gilbert “Jim” G. Gates, 86, of Kewanna, passed away Friday, February 24, 2023 at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.

Born on January 12, 1937 at home in Carroll County, Jim is the son of the late Gilbert W. and Velma Irene (Hershberger) Gates.  Gilbert was a 1956 graduate of Fulton High School. After high school, Jim served his country in the United States Marine Corp.

In December of 1961, Jim married Darlene J. Wilson who survives. He was a lifelong farmer, and had also retired from Exide Battery Factory. Jim enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas with his Exide buddies and traveling with his sons and grandsons to Florida.  He also enjoyed his bourbon and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Surviving Jim, along with his wife Darlene, is a daughter, Cindy (Michael) Early of Rochester; son, James Eric (Marilee) Gates of Kewanna; five grandchildren, Justin (Nancy) Malott; Garret Gates; Payton (Kinsey Anderson) Gates; Carson Gates; Adriene (Tyler Penrod) Early; five great grandchildren, Damon (Lexa Sprague) Malott; Ethan Malott; Grayson Malott; Addison Malott and Stella Early; step son, Danny J. (Elaine) Pottenger of Logansport; step daughter, Glenna (Ron) Youngblood of Peru; two step grandsons, Aaron Youngblood and Brian Early; step granddaughter Abigail Wagler; two half-sisters, Linda Westhusin and Benita McClean.

Jim was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Robin and Randall Gates; and two sisters, Lois Babb and Shirley Chilcutt.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Phil Frye officiating. Burial with full Military Rites will follow in the Davis Cemetery, Burnettsville.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, also in the Gundrum Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal Shelter.

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