Ronald “Ronnie” D Bates passed away peacefully with his son by his side on October 30, 2018 at the age of 72. Ronnie was born September 28, 1946 to Joe and Theda (Floyd) Bates in Hugo, Oklahoma. Ronnie was a unique and extremely wise man. He had a passion for the outdoors, was an expert hunter and fisherman, and loved obtaining knowledge and insight from books. Ronnie embraced life to the fullest, and through those life experiences, always had the best stories to tell and was a friend you could turn to for sound advice. He will be dearly missed by those that knew him.

He is survived in death by his daughter, Jennie Marie Bates; son, Jimmy Ray Tucker Bates and wife Allison, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sister, Terri Wimpee and husband Rick and brother, Rick Bates and wife Terri.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Theda Bates.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 11 o’clock at Burkhart Funeral Service in Antler, Oklahoma.

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St. Waxahachie, TX 75165.