Gerald Gene Gates

July 11, 1932 - May 18, 2018

07/11/1932 - 05/18/2018

Gerald Gene Gates, 85, formerly of Wheeling, W.Va., passed away Friday, May 18, 2018, in Liza’s Place, Wheeling.

Jerry was born July 11, 1932 in Belmont, Ohio, a son of the late Frank and Cecelia (Sustersic) Gates. He was a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School; a U.S. Army and Navy veteran; a retiree from the U.S. Can Corp.; and a member of MENSA, the International High IQ Society. He was a devout Catholic, and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Shadyside, Ohio and The Cathedral of St. Joseph, Wheeling.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene (Lively) Gates; a son, Jeffrey Gates; a grandson, Brandon Gates; and a brother, William Gates. He is survived by his daughter, Gale Richards of Wheeling; a step-daughter, Janet (Thomas L., Jr.) McKenzie of Wheeling; a step-son, Danny (Marcy) Elson of Bellaire, Ohio; six grandsons, Christopher, Ryan, Bradley, Shannon, Matthew and Brent; four great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Clayton, Jessica and Aaliyah; and a great-great granddaughter, Brooklyn.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be determined by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Liza’s Place, Valley Hospice Care Center South, 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943, or online at (Click Here)

Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Wheeling. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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James N. Sawyers
4 years ago

I never knew Jerry that well, but the couple times I did talk to him, I could tell he was a good person. I am a nephew of Marlene (Lively) Gates! Please accept my sympathy for your loss! May Jerry rest in peace!

4 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. Please remember the promise made to us in John 5:28&29. Soon we will see our loved ones again!

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
4 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Gerald Gene Gates, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten..
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army/Navy Veteran, Gerald Gene Gates, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †