Richard John Bates

Santa Fe, N.M. – Graveside memorial services for Richard John Bates, 64, Tijeras, were Thursday in Santa Fe National Cemetery, where ennichement followed.Mr. Bates died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in Albuquerque.He was born June 2, 1944, in Nowata, Okla., the son of John and Lucille Bates. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He worked as a machinist in Albuquerque for 20 years.Survivors include two sons, Jordan Bates Parks and John Bates Parks, both of Arkansas; three brothers, David, Oklahoma, Allen, Arkansas, and Robert, Lawrence, Kan; and three grandchildren.The family suggests memorials to Philmont Scout Ranch, 12 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.Aspen Funeral Alternatives in Albuquerque was in charge of arrangements.