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Garland Carl Cates, 90, of Holden, MO, formerly of Alton, MO, was born December 5, 1930 in Alton, MO and passed away April 14, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill, MO.

He is survived by his wife Reva of 68 years; sons, Michael Cates (Debbie) of Branson, MO, and Mark Cates (Liz) of Holden, MO; three grandsons, Coy (Ann), Chance (Laura), Jeb (Amanda); one step-grandson, Jeremiah Bridges (Beth); eight great-grandchildren Vanessa, Callie, Jackie, Whitney, Meredith, Camille, Abigail and Noelle; three step-great-grandchildren, Gabrian, Sirion and Darien; brother, Tom Cates; sister, Carolyn Cunningham (Bryan); and numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Carl Cates and Lilly Sisco-Cates; brother, Clifford; and sister, Manita Strawn.

Garland graduated from Alton High School in 1949.

After he graduated, he went to work for Sheffield Steel in KCMO and later joined the Navy, serving on the Battleship Iowa.

While serving in the Navy, he married Reva Thompson on November 29, 1952.

After serving in the Navy, he returned to work at Sheffield Steel.

In 1958, Garland accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized into the Baptist Fellowship.

He and Reva resided in Independence, MO. and raised their two sons during the 30 years he worked for Sheffield Steel.

Garland retired in 1981 and returned to Alton where they farmed until 2013.

In 2013 they retired from farming and moved to Holden, MO.

Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Bailey Cemetery, with Bro. Bob Wiggs officiating.

Pallbearers were Jeremiah Bridges and Coy, Chance, Jeb, Jim and Nathan Cates.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Assn. 135 Parkinson AVE, Staten Island, NY 10305; phone number is 1-800-223-2732.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home, Alton, MO.

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