Richard Allen Bates, Jr.

November 22, 1951 - February 18, 2015

Richard Allen Bates, Jr. of Blue Ridge, Texas passed away February 18, 2015 at the age of 63. He was born November 22, 1951 to Richard Allen Bates, Sr. and Loretta (Burton) Bates in Ozona, Texas. Richard married Peggy Rush on April 20, 1979 in Rockwall, Texas. He previously owned the Bates Cycle Parts. Richard was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who loved his grandson deeply. He had a passion for his dogs, motorcycles and fishing.

Richard is survived by his wife Peggy R. Bates of Blue Ridge, Texas; daughters, Leah Fuller and boyfriend Matthew Moore of Richardson, Texas and Hillary Bates of Blue Ridge, Texas; grandson, Justin Vaughan of Blue Ridge, Texas; brother, Robert Bates and wife Kathleen of Nevada, Texas; brother, Jack Bates and significant other Audrey Menarik of Dallas, Texas; and son-in-law, David Henes of Carrollton, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Loretta Bates.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2015 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel in Allen, Texas with Carl Tiner officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the dog rescue group, DFW Rescue Me at

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We got our wires crossed and thought the service was tomorrow...Saturday. Sorry we were not there. We are thinking of you and your family during this hard time. Please come see us anytime Peggy. Diane and Phil Darcy, February 20, 2015 May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences. Tony & Belinda Nicodemus, February 19, 2015 Richard was always quick with the joke and loved to laugh. Many a good day spent with him at his farm. Enjoyed his humor tremendously. His knowledge of motorcycles, racing and history was phenomenal. The stories he shared with me were so interesting, detailed and often very humorous. Richard was always helping me and very generous. He will be missed. Joe Edwards, February 19, 2015 Our hearts are hurting as we hear of your passing. You were a good man that we were fortunate enough to spend many wild nights with! We have so many fond memories of you, especially the ostrich egg that made the best scrambled eggs! We will miss you, and will never forget you. Butch and Meagan Showers, February 19, 2015