Michael G. Bates, age 72, of Omaha, Nebraska

Michael G. Bates, age 72, of Omaha, Nebraska
June 12, 1948 - November 25, 2020

Michael G. Bates, age 72, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at CHI Lakeside Hospital in Omaha, NE. Memorial services will be on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, NE.  A luncheon will follow at the church.  Interment will be in the Beemer Cemetery.  Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting with the arrangements.

Michael Gilbert Bates was born on June 12, 1948 to Lionel Gilbert and Wilma (Shawler) Bates in Des Moines, IA. In his youth he was involved in Boy Scouts.  He graduated from North English, IA High School in 1966.  He attended Wayne State College, where he played football.  Mike graduated from Wayne State with B.S. Degrees in Business and Physical Education, with a coaching endorsement.  He first taught at Beemer, NE High School, teaching Business and Physical Education and was the head football coach.

In 1974, he was united in marriage to Jeaneen Hass at the Christ Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE.  Mike continued teaching in Manning, IA and Fayette, IA before entering the business world as a salesman.  For the last 25 years he was involved in the Food Concession Industry.

Mike was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was currently a member of Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, NE.  He was a member of the United Methodist Men and served on the Church Council.  He was a longtime member of the National Association of Concessionaires and was well known as the popcorn oil man.  Mike especially enjoyed football, and hunting deer and pheasants.

Survivors include:
Wife-Jeaneen Bates of Omaha, NE
Son-Patrick and Kristy (Westerhold) Bates of Aurora, CO and children-Grace Marie and Emma Jean
Daughter-Kellee and Jason Sloger of Omaha, NE and children-Austin Michael and Taylor Rose
Mother-Wilma Akins of Omaha, NE
Brother- Duane (Skip) and Mary Morgan of Colorado Springs, CO and daughter-
Corri and Jonathan Bernhard and family
Step-sister-Jackie Akins of Iowa
Sister-in-law-Faye Bates of Santa Fe, NM
Brother-in-law-Dwight Hass of West Point, NE and daughter-Shania Hass

Mike was preceded in death by his father-Lionell Bates, step-father-Donald (Dewey) Akins, brother-Patrick Bates, and sister-in-law-Glenda Hass.