Ray Edward Gates
Soldotna resident Ray Edward Gates died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Central
Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 46.
A wake will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the
Tide's Inn in Soldotna.
Mr. Gates was born Sept. 22, 1956, in Germany.
He graduated from high school and furthered his education with two years of
He moved to Alaska in 1981. He resided in Point
Hope and Barrow, both for a year, and lived in Anchorage for two years before
moving to Soldotna. He worked for the state of Alaska Housing, state of Alaska,
C & C Glass and Good Time Charlie's.
Mr. Gates was the youngest certified scuba
diver in the United States. He also received Presidential Physical Fitness
awards and worked with disabled children.
He enjoyed motorcycles, guitars, music,
camping, fishing, hunting, fellowship and spending time with his grandchildren.
"He was a loving father, grandfather, brother
and friend. He knew everyone and anyone that knew him loved and respected him,"
his family said.
Mr. Gates is survived by his daughter and
son-in-law, Raelynn and Ronnie Sackett; granddaughter, Nicole Sackett;
grandsons, Cory and Ricci Sackett; sister, Ellen Lloyd; brothers, Mike, Kevin
and Jerry Gates; Dale Arnold and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
sent in his name to ABATE of Alaska, 53725 Jasper Lane, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial
Source: Peninsula Clarion, November 20, 2002