Nov. 11, 1931 – July 13, 2013

Roger D. Gates, of Akron, a retired foreman for National Gypsum, died July 13 in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 81.

Born in Redwood, near Watertown, he served in the Army from 1952 to 1954, was stationed in Germany and attained the rank of corporal.

Mr. Gates was board plant foreman for National Gypsum for 26 years in Clarence Center and for 12 years in Oakfield after the Clarence Center plant closed. He retired in 1994.

Formerly active in First Baptist Church of Akron, where he served as an usher and trustee, he recently was a member of High Point Church in Corfu.

He also was a member of L.L. Tillman Post 900, American Legion, and served as its historian. He was a devoted Bills and Sabres fan.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Joanne Rohloff; three sons, Dale, Steven and Krist; a daughter, Nancy Palizay; and a sister, Eleanor Sharkey.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in High Point Church, 1163 Main Road, Corfu.