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He was born August 7, 1937 in Pensacola, FL to Dayton Leo and Dora Lucille Strunk Gates.
A 1956 graduate of Ottumwa High School, David worked for Lowenberg Bakery, Wonder Bread and North HyVee.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, old time rock and roll and St. Louis Cardinals.
Surviving are children, David E. (Kari) Gates of Ottumwa, Carla (Rachael) Gates of Marana, AZ, Mark (Tami) Gates of Hedrick, Christine Gates of Ankeny and Joy (Joshua) Gutzman of Charles Town, WV; 10 grandchildren, Jason, Amanda, Kaytlin, Karlee, Keamonn, Lucas, Sam, Hunter, Heather and Jonathan; 12 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Lynard.
He was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Megan Gates and Michael Fry; a brother, Dayton "Junior" Gates.
Visitation will open after 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home. The family will be present from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday at the funeral home to greet friends. Cremation will follow the visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties.
A special thanks to the nurses at Ottumwa Regional Health Center ICU and Hospice House for their loving care.
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