Stanley R. Gates

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Stanley R. Gates, 88, of 35 Oxford St., South Paris, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the early evening. He had been residing at the Helen Porter Health Care Center for about 10 months prior to his death.

He was born Jan. 19, 1918, on Stearns Hill in South Paris, to Raymond Stearns Gates and Myrtle Buck Gates. He married Priscilla J. Coady of Biddeford on Jan. 31, 1943. She died on March 23, 1978.

He graduated from South Paris High School in 1937, and went on to obtain a B.S. degree from the University of Maine. He enlisted in the Army during World War II, and was attached to the Army Ordinance Division.

After the war, he remained on active duty status and retired in 1971 as a Lt. Colonel. During his active reserve years he was also employed by Erdenheim Farms, a livestock farm, in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

While he was superintendent of the farm, he received numerous agricultural recognitions and participated in a government-sponsored program called “Partners for Peace,” in which he shared his expertise in South and Central America.

During his time in Pennsylvania, Stan was very involved with many ministries at Cold Point Baptist Church. In 1980, he retired from Erdenheim and returned home to South Paris and became very active in a variety of civic organizations. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, advisor to Key Club, chapter secretary and DR of SCORE, director of Oxford Hills Area Development Corp., charter member of the Paris Cape Historical Society, member of the Paris planning board and director of Rightstart.

Surviving are two sons, William (and Deborah) of Hubbardton, Vt. and Alan of South Paris; a daughter, Karen Andrews (and Jim) of Shawnee, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

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