Obituary of Russell Earl Bates
Russell Earl Bates was born July 18,1936 in Topika Kansas. He went to go be with his lord after a long struggle with cancer on November 30,2021 at his home in Chico California.
Russ is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Sherry Bates, his Daughter Dana Hornyak and his 3 grandsons Rusty Griggs, Tyler Collier, Torey Collier and his granddaughter Reiley Collier all who have be a very active and a big part of his life. Also survived by 5 sisters Nancy Mattos, Shirley Gibson,Virginia Longeria,Jackie Lenero and Debbie Bindell.
Russ was very active in the Chico Church of Christ. He served as a Deacon at one time and was an active song leader.
Russ retired from PG&E in 1992 where he worked as a Gas and Electric superintendent.
Russ was well known in the community for being a good athlete and was very active in sports. He played baseball on the PG&E team and also played in the minor leagues for the Giants.
Russ also was very active in Raquetball he taught lessons and he played in the senior olympics for many years.
Russ was an excellent family man he lead his family as an example in the lord. He was an amazing husband, father and Grandpy.
Russ was always the life in the room. He could make anyone laugh. He alweays had something funny to say and he never saw a stranger.
We will all miss him very much and always carry his memory in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at the Chico Church of Christ 995 East Lassen Ave On December 11,2021 at 2:00pm
"So with you now is your time of grief but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take that away"To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Russell Bates, please visit Tribute Store