Denny was and electrician and a truck driver by trade. He enjoyed watching TV and fishing. Most of all he had a strong faith in God and loved his family, including his faithful dog Bella.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Bates; his mother, Darlene Isaacs; his first wife, Jan Bates; a daughter, Denise Bates; and a sister, Sheryl Bates.
Denny is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathy Bates of the home; a son, Dennis Bates, Jr. of Iowa; a daughter, Traci Koch and husband Barry of Texas; a son, Jeff Harkins and wife Sue of Forsyth, Missouri; a daughter, Kimber Shelly and husband Adam of Buffalo, Missouri; as well as several grandchildren.
Denny’s family will have a private family gathering at a later time.