Meadville Tribune

October 5, 2013

Nathan Lee Bates

Meadville Tribune

WAYNE, Ohio — Nathan Lee Bates, 18, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, following a motor vehicle accident.

He was born April 27, 1995, in Greenville, a son of Pamela Ann (Nesbitt) and Larry Lee Bates. A lifelong Wayne, Ohio, resident, Nathan was a 2013 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School. He worked for H & H Enterprises of Andover, Ohio, and was a member of the Cherry Valley First Church of God. Nathan loved to be outdoors, going hunting, fishing, camping, farming, paintball and four-wheeling. He was known for his warm smile, generous ways and gracious heart and always there to lend a hand to whomever needed it. Nathan was a Steelers and an OSU fan and could be found with his beloved dog, Diesel.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Geraldine and Bartly Bates.

Survivors include his parents, Pamela and Larry Bates of Wayne; two sisters, Audrey M. (Joe) Niemuth of Estes Park, Colo., and Lisa L. (Ben) Gunter of Kirtland, Ohio; three brothers, Aaron L. (Aubrey) Bates of Ashland, Ohio, Adam L. (Cheryl) Bates of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Allen L. (Shana Soderstrom) Bates of Orwell, Ohio; maternal grandparents, Marion and Richard Nesbitt Sr. of Cochranton; two nieces, Annie and Emily; five nephews, Keslar, Ty, Maciah, Tanner and Sawyer; and many aunts, uncles and friends who will miss him dearly.

Calling hours will be Monday from 2 until 7 p.m. at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St., Andover, Ohio.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Church of God Cherry Valley, 2983 Sentinel Road, Dorset, Ohio, with the Revs. Gary Morrison and Garry L. Bates officiating.

Burial will follow in Hayes Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorial contributions may be made at Huntington Bank for the Nathan L. Bates Memorial Fund for Pymatuning Valley Students. An online guestbook is available at