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Rumsey Douglas Gates

Rumsey Douglas Gates of Silt said goodbye to his family and friends on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004. He was 65.

A memorial service will be planned for late spring.

Mr. Gates was born April 7, 1938, in Steamboat Springs to Glen and Dorthy Gates. He was raised on the family ranch.



He made his living as a rancher.

Mr. Gates was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved any time spent outdoors with his horse or in the mountains. He was a man with a sincere respect for and a great knowledge of the outdoors. He took pride and pleasure in passing these traits on to his grandchildren, Lakeisha, Hunter and Colton, who affectionately knew him as “Poppy.”



Mr. Gates lived a full life and took every opportunity to experience new things. He also got satisfaction from everyday occurrences, such as tending garden with his wife, Joyce, or a phone call or visit from his children to see how life was going and to share a laugh.

Sometimes recognized by no more than his white truck going down the road or his cowboy hat perched on his head, Rum’s quick wit and optimistic outlook will be missed greatly in this valley. He was a caring husband, father, grandpa and a man who was always willing to lend a hand to a friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Dorthy Gates; by his brother, Vance “Buddy” Gates; and by a good friend, Dave Minturn.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Gates of Silt; by a son, Doug Gates of Spokane, Wash.; by daughters and sons-in-law Loretta and Jason Long of New Castle, Brenda and Eric Schiel, and Sandra Gates; by brothers and sister-in-law Gary Gates of Grand Junction, and Jim and Jana Gates of Dinosaur; by sister and brother-in-law Yvonne and Allen Brady of Reno, Nev.; by 10 grandchildren; by many nieces and nephews; by his good friend, Leroy Urban; and by his always present buddy, Beezer.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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