Merlyn M. Gates

Age 80, of Lansing, passed away January 15, 2012. He was born September 6, 1931, in Lansing, the son of the late E. Ford and M. Anna Gates.

A celebration of Merlyn’s life will be held at a later date. The time and date will be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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The Feldpausch's
January 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

We are all sorry to hear of Merlyn’s passing. A very nice picture of him in the obit. We remember all the neighborly good times. Mark enjoyed many fun times up north with the family. Merlyn was a hard working family man. We will remember his quiet manner and goodness. Our heartfelt sympathy to all the Gates’s.

Mona and Ted Townsendd
January 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

We were so sorry to hear of Merlin’s passing. He was a dear first cousin who was closest in age to me. Most of my cousins are younger or some a few years older. He, his brother, Elden, his parents, my parents and my brother spent a lot of time together at his parents’ home in Lansing on Thanksgiving Days back in the 1940s and ’50s. Many fond memories. He will be sorely missed.

Our sincere regrets,
Cousin Mona (Shane) Townsend and husband, Ted (220 Iroquois, Jackson, MI 49203)

The Noble's say.....
January 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

So sorry to hear of cousin Merlyn’s passing. It sadly has been too many years since we have seen him at any family reunions. Bringing back memories of Elden’s sax playing at our local bar back in the day in Bellevue. Condolence to Joyce and the boys.

Jim and Gay (Gates) Noble

Mike & Diane Nelson
January 18, 2012 at 7:41 am

Dear Joyce and Family,
So shocked to hear of Merlyn’s passing. Seems like it was just yesterday when we talked to the two of you while shopping.
We are in Florida for the winter.
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Monica and Phil Ashley
January 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

Dear Joyce
So sorry to hear about Merlyn’s death. He was a pioneer and a genius in his field, a dedicated musician, and wonderful mentor to his son’s and all the boys in the neighborhood. His passing is a great loss to all who knew or worked with him. All the Kuhnmuench kids remember him fondly.


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