Roger Neal Bates was born Nov. 3, 1934, to Duane and Anna (Deepe) Bates in Davenport.
He passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Syracuse having obtained the age of 83 years, five months, and 10 days.
Roger grew up and graduated from Edgar High School in 1952, attended college in Fairbury and then served in the US Army in 1955. 
After returning home from the military, Roger married the love of his life Jenice Anderson on March 30, 1958 in Shickley. 
Together they were blessed with three children, Rod, Jackie, and Bob.
Throughout his 36 year career at LT&T, he served in the following communities: Humboldt, Tecumseh, Auburn, Hebron, Geneva, and Syracuse. Roger always referred to his co-workers as his LT&T family.
In each of these towns, Roger was active as a member of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse Rescue Squad, Luther Memorial Church Council, Massie Richards American Legion 100, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and LT&T Pioneer Association.
Roger and Jenice were “fishing buddies” and taught many life lessons to their children as they made a place of play and rest at Harlan County Reservoir.
They enjoyed many wonderful family gatherings, playing cards and domino’s.
He and Jenice spent countless hours following activities of their children and grandchildren.
Roger is survived by his wife, Jenice Bates, of 60 years, children Rod (Gail) Bates of Omaha, Jackie Bates of Bennet, and Bob Bates of Wilmington, N.C.; grandchildren Karla (Nathaniel) Matya, Becky (Brad) Hoff, Tyler, Austin, and Allison Bates; great grandchildren Noah, Grace, Milo Matya; Cameron, Caleb, Colin Hoff; Dick Anderson, Bob (Mariann) Anderson, along with nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were to be Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church 1162 Mohawk, Syracuse, with Rev. Sarah Cordray officiating
Visitation was to be Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to
Memorials directed to Syracuse Senior Center or Food Pantry.
Arrangements are by Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home, 644 Park Street Syracuse, NE 269-2441