Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. Pastor Larry Nilson will officiate. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday.
There will be military rites following the service at the funeral home on Friday.
Visitation will be on Thursday Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Cates was born March 25, 1956 in Cherokee, to James L. and Rosemary (Lyman) Cates. He was baptized in the First Church of Christ in Cherokee. He graduated from Cherokee Washington High School in the Class of 1974.
He served in the U. S. Army from 1974 until 1976 and also from 1981 until 1992. He was married to Teresa Ann Smith on August 19, 1978 in Cherokee.
He had lived in Cherokee the past 14 years and had resided in Germany, Ft. Knox, Ky., and Ft. Bliss, Texas. He had worked at VT Industries, Tysons Foods, and was currently working at Walmart in Storm Lake. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping with his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother Rosemary and a niece Bonnie Robinson.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa, and two sons: Shane James Cates and his special friend Shana and her daughter Rhiannon of Larrabee; Tony Fay Cates of Ft. Bliss, Texas currently serving in Iraq; 2 sisters and 5 brothers: Madonna & Bob Robinson of San Antonio, Texas; Linda & Gary McClaren of Sutherland; Jim & Jeannie Cates of Albert Lea, Minn.; Bill Cates and his special friend Juanita of Cherokee; Chester & Karla Cates of Cherokee, Iowa; Randy Cates of Des Moines; Brian & LaReina Cates of Ft. Riley, Kan. currently serving in Iraq; his father and step-mother: James & Rose Cates of Spirit Lake; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.