Jay William Gates

POLAND – Jay William Gates, formerly of Boardman, died Wednesday at the Hospice House on Sharrott Road, Poland.

Born Oct. 14, 1927, in Logansport, Ind., he was the son of Jay Warren and Mary Marguerite Blakely Gates.

Mr. Gates began his professional career with Micro-Switch in Freeport, Ill., and continued on to General Motors as a designer in 1959 in Marion, Ind., and was transferred to the Lordstown plant in 1970. He was a manufacturing design engineer at the Lordstown Fabricating Plant (formerly Fisher Body), retiring in 1992. He continued as a contract engineer at General Motors until 2005.

He served in the Army as a cavalry sergeant in Japan at the end of World War II and was a member of Evangel Baptist Church in Boardman.

Survivors include his wife, the former Roberta A. Bragg, whom he married on Dec. 13, 1969, in Marion, Ind.; two sons, Lorin P. Gates (Susan) of Ridgefield, Wash., and Jay R. “J.D.” Gates (Julie) of New Hampshire; two granddaughters; a brother, Richard A. Gates (Rose) of Apache Junction, Ariz.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana with Pastor Randy Brunko officiating. The Benjamin Firestone Post #290 American Legion will accord military honors.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Material donations may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, Ohio 44514; or Evangel Baptist Church, 5248 Southern Blvd., Boardman, Ohio 44512.

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