Randy Lee Gates, age 59, of Alma, MI went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 24, 2020, at his home.
A Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Jut Daron officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-8 P.M. with the family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the funeral home.
Randy was born in Saginaw, MI on September 3, 1961, the son of Gary Gates and Pauline Blanton. On June 16, 2018, he married Jennie Smith in Alma, MI.
After retirement Randy spent time doing things he loved, such as riding his Harley Davidson, hunting, fishing, camping, cookouts, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He served as a board member for the St. Louis Moose Lodge #1566 for several years and was a pillar within the lodge. He was also a Moose on Bikes #1566 (MOB) member.
Randy is survived by his wife Jennie, his children: Amber (Andrew) Campbell, Jason (Carmen) Riley, Jacob (Drew Rahall) Maule, Chris Cox, Sierra Cox, Christy (Neal Riggs) Potter, and Matt (Trisha Baur) Potter; grandchildren: Kenedi & Keegan Campbell, Kylee & Kenna Riley, Brayden, Harleigh & Lincoln Cox, Zora & Rebecca Cox, Marshall, Masyn & Mavryck Riggs & Carleigh, Alexa, Lydia & Cooper Potter. He is also survived by his mother Pauline Jimenez and siblings: Lori Witherell, Cindy Helm, Raymond Wright, Kirk, Juan Jr., Kimberly Jimenez and & Randall Jimenez. Randy was preceded in death by his parents Gary & Jackie Gates, Grandma Ruby, Uncle Buck and Aunt Mandi Gates, Aunt Thelma Zoss, step-brother Chad Porter and many others.
In lieu of flowers, the donations may be made to Smith Family Funeral Homes for Randy's funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made at www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI.