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Donald L. Gates

March 31, 1940 — March 20, 2024

GATES – Donald L., 83, Mineral Point, passed away March 20, 2024 at Conemaugh Hospital. Born March 31, 1940, in Croyle Township, son of Walter S. Gates Sr. and R. Jane (Goughnour) Gates-Crouse. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Walter Jr.; and stepfather, Glenn Crouse. 

Survived by beloved wife of 62 years, Jean (Gilpatrick) Gates, whom he married November 5, 1961; daughters, Laurie Vasbinder (Robert); and Sherri Berkey; grandsons, Brandon, Nathan, and Jordan Vasbinder; and Justin Berkey (Amy Borntrager); great grandson, Riley Berkey; and brothers, David (Amy Hill) and Russell (Lois Lehman).

Don was a graduate of South Fork Croyle High School, class of 1958. For more than 35 years he worked in the steel industry, first at Bethlehem; then retiring from Johnstown America. With his steady hand and an eye for detail, Don could fix or restore almost any pocket watch or timepiece. Not one to sit still, he took pride in maintaining his corner of the world and could often be found on his Kubota; clearing brush or plowing snow. In a world that ticks by so fast, he always made time for what truly mattered – his family.

Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Monday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., South Fork.

Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Sunday, March 24, 2024

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc.

621 Maple Street, South Fork, PA 15956

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Visitation

Monday, March 25, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc.

621 Maple Street, South Fork, PA 15956

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Funeral Service

Monday, March 25, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc.

621 Maple Street, South Fork, PA 15956

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Interment

Monday, March 25, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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