Myron E. Bates
Myron E. Bates, 94, passed away September 11, 2019, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, Ill.
He was born February 28, 1925, in Gentryville, Ind., to Jolly Bates and Etta (Dunn) Bates. Both preceded him in death. He also is preceded in death by his two brothers, Ivan M. Bates and Wyman B. "Buddy" Bates.
He was united in marriage to Dory Bates on May 16, 2014. She will miss him dearly.
Myron attended school in Richland, Ind., where he won several medals as a pole vaulter. In 1943, he joined the United States Army where he served with the 29th Division in World War II. He served on D-Day in Normandy, France and saved many lives as a field medic.
He enjoyed hunting, carpentry, music and dancing. He made many friends while residing at Wolford Apartments for over 16 years.
He enjoyed caring for a special friend, Katherine Schultz, for over 30 years. Most recently, he enjoyed the love and companionship of his wife. He enjoyed spending time with her family for parties and get-togethers. Myron and Dory explored many avenues together to have a happy life.
He attended a Baptist church in Booneville, Ind., where he was baptized.
Private family services will be held at a later date. He will be interred at the U.S. National Cemetery in Danville with full military honors.
Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61834, is in charge of arrangements. Please join Myron's family in sharing photos and memories on his Tribute Wall at
Published on September 13, 2019


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Kathy Godbey
Sep 15, 2019
To Myron's family: My daughter, Heather and I would be honored to be at his service. He was a big part of our family for many years and we would love to be there to honor him.
Kathy Godbey
Sep 14, 2019
I'm Katie Schultz's granddaughter. I knew Myron for over 30 years. He was a good man and watched over my grandma until she passed away. Myron was like family to us and was always included in every family event. He was always a gentleman and was very proud of his military service. RIP Myron.❤
Heather Sellett
Sep 14, 2019
I have known Myron since I was probably 10 years old. He and my great grandma Katie were dear friends for over 30 years. He was wonderful to her. Myron was a great man and will be missed. Could you please post when services are?
mona eldib
Sep 14, 2019
Rest in peace Mr. Bates