Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec.18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Richard Arndt will officiate and burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. There will be military rites at graveside by L. A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the church on Friday. Visitation will be today at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com.
Mike was born May 22,1932 in Early, Iowa to Chester and Nellie (Burrow) Cates. He attended school in Early and later in Sac City before moving to Cherokee with his parents in 1950. Mike served in the U. S. Air Force as a jet mechanic from 1952 until 1956, being a member of the Strategic Air Command. On May 24, 1953, he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Amarillo, Texas, and he was married to Elaine Miller on Dec. 20, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church in Paullina. Mike was employed at Lundell Manufacturing and Simonsen Feed Mill. In May of 1967, he was involved in a truck-train accident and was confined to a wheelchair from that time on. He operated a band instrument repair shop in his home for several years, and also enjoyed fishing. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the V.F.W., and the American Legion.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Trevor Nelson; brothers Demont, Harlan and Thomas Cates; and sisters Thelma Gleason, Phyllis Christophersen and Wilma Anderson.
He is survived by his wife Elaine, one daughter, Joyce Gross and her husband Harry of Cherokee;and one son, Paul Cates and his wife Marcia of Ida Grove;seven grandchildren, John Nelson, Tiffany (Jim) Johnson, Amanda Gross, Mark, Matthew, Mallory and Mariah Cates; seven great-grandchildren, Clayton, Abby, Emma, Gabriel, Whitney, Wyatt and Weston; two brothers,James (Rose) Cates of Okoboji and Robert (Fran) Cates of Mason City;and many nieces and nephews.