Charles Edgar “Chuck” Gates, 89, of Bryan, Tex., died peacefully Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at his residence.
He was born March 6, 1926, in Rapid City, S.D., to the late Marguerite McCain and the late Edgar Ashley Gates. Dr. Gates was married to Eleanor Louise Breckenridge Gates. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He worked as a statistician and professor at the University of Minnesota for 10 years, then for 28 years at Texas A&M University. His career allowed him to travel extensively, and he thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of visiting 79 countries over the course of his life.
Following his retirement, he served as an income tax volunteer for the AARP. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. His other interests included playing bridge, collecting stamps, playing tennis, bicycling, and dancing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three daughters, Greta Watkins and husband Randy of Bryan, Tex, Gail Gates of Stillwater, Okla., and Glenda Honea and husband Robert of Danville, Va.; by nine grandchildren; and by seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, David Gates and wife Angie of Boulder, Col., and Clyde Gates and wife Mary of Minneapolis, Minn.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 14, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in College Station. Cremation and memorial services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Brazos Valley, Covenant Presbyterian Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
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