Died: Monday, November 05, 2012
Born December 16, 1958 in Detroit to the late Raymond and Shirley (nee: Crow) Bates. Rick is survived by his wife, Darlene, whom he married Nov. 7, 1980 in Pontiac; two sons, Beau and Andy Bates; five sisters, Raelynn (Bob) Woodward, Debra (Bob) Tondu, Dawn (Michael) Cypret, Tammy (Jesse) Morse and Heidi (Jerry) Morse; one brother, Reggie (Tiffany) Bates.
Rick retired from GM April 1, 2009. He was an avid guitarist and was a member of several area bands. Music was a big part of his life, but he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.
A funeral service was held Nov. 9 at Coats Village Funeral Home, Ortonville. Pastor Michael Elliott officiated. Interment at Ortonville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish. To send a private condolence to the family go to