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John W. Bates

October 1, 1960 - January 4, 2022

John W. Bates

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John W. Bates, 61, of Belvidere, IL passed away peacefully, Tuesday evening, January 4, 2022, in his home after a tenacious battle with cancer. John was born October 1, 1960, in Rockford, IL the son of J. William and Jane C. (Carter) Bates.  He married Donna K. Stevens on August 22, 1992, at Zion Lutheran Church in Belvidere. John was a principal of Allegra Printing in Belvidere.  When he wasn’t working, you would find John riding his Harley and spending time with his family. He loved hosting family gatherings and parties.  John was a member of the Harley Owners Group, and was an ice cream aficionado. John had a special place in his heart for furry and feathery creatures.

John is loved and will be missed by his wife, Donna; children, Amy (Whit) Mitchell of Broadhead, WI, Cory (Carin Hunt) Lind of Belvidere, Laura (Mike Hoffeditz) Lind of Roscoe, IL, Johnny Bates of Hanover, WI; chosen daughter, Sandra Rogers of Marengo, IL; siblings, Nancy Kosar of Belvidere, Bob (Doris) Bates, Belvidere, Bill Bates of Dayton, OH, Mary (Lee) Turner of Belvidere, Sue (Roger) Haile of Belvidere, Cindy (Charlie) Foster of Belvidere; grandchildren, Devon Rogers, Kaydence Noble, Julia Noble, Kameron Atkinson, Avery Lind; nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews; his beloved “healing” cats, KiKi and Miester.  John was blessed with a long list of very special friends. John is preceded in death by his parents; brother in-law Ken Kosar; father in-law, Dale Stevens; niece, Tracy Luse.

The visitation for John will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2022 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.  The Funeral service for John will be held at 10:00 a.m, Saturday January 15, 2022 at the funeral home.  Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of the family.  To share a memory please visit www.Andersonfcs.com “Lets Go Brandon”

Service Schedule

Friday, January 14, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The visitation for John will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 14, 2022 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL.

Saturday, January 15, 2022
10:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The Funeral service for John will be held at 10:00 a.m, Saturday January 15, 2022 at the funeral home.  Burial in Belvidere Cemetery.   “Lets Go Brandon”

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Sorry to hear about this I only met John 1 time and looking back i wished i would have met him in his good days and been able to ride with him some

Tom Dean 2022-01-15T09:39:56

Donna and family- we are sending our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are so sorry we were unable to attend tonight – sending prayers and hugs

Michelle and John Mikos 2022-01-14T19:00:27

Donna & Family
So sorry to hear of John’s passing 😢 sure had lots of fun with him at the store. Remember all the great times the two of you had! I’m sure there are plenty ❤️
Hope you’re riding through those Pearly Gates with the wind in your face! Will remember you always.
Barb Colborn

Barb Colborn 2022-01-14T08:36:55

So sorry for your loss. I hope your good memories will sustain you at this time.

SHARON R SIMONS 2022-01-14T06:46:50

My condolences to you and your family in this difficult time.

Chris and Karen Mccollom 2022-01-13T19:04:27

Dear Donna, I am saddened to hear of John’s passing. I remember he had been suffering on and off for several years and it has to be a relief that he is no longer suffering. John was a great franchise member and I enjoyed working with him for over 10 years. He was a honest, straight shooter. May your memories continue to bring you peace.

Jim Jehl 2022-01-12T15:38:40

I am so grateful for John and Donna’s friendship! John was a “speak your mind” type of guy with the biggest heart ever! He will be forever missed and may he rest in heaven on the best Harley there is!

Carol Rebelak 2022-01-11T11:36:07

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. John was and thoughtful and caring business man. His concern for his customers, and the community was second to none. He touched many lives and everyone was a friend. He loved to ride his motorcycle and had serious riding skills. He will be missed. God speed John!

Karl Kegel 2022-01-10T13:50:56

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the sweet memories of your loved one.

Natalie Ritchey 2022-01-10T08:18:06

Donna and family,
My heart is aching for you all! Even though you’ve had a long time to prepare for this moment, the finality and reality sometimes hits you like a brick wall! I pray that you take comfort in all the fond memories of your life with John. I know there are so many and I’m sure you’ll remember more as time goes on! John was such a wonderful man! Family and friends were so important to him! He would just beam with pride when talking about you all! I know what a hard think it was for him to let you go but I believe that’s what kept him here on earth so long (along with all his prayer warriors, angels in the house and up above and his healing kitties!). He’ll continue his watch and care over you. Now it will be from heaven above instead of here on earth. We will continue to hold a special place in our hearts for John. He was a great friend! We’ll cherish our memories of rides and get together! His presence here on earth will be greatly missed! I take comfort in knowing John is no longer in battle with that horrendous cancer and his body is free and healthy and he’s with our Father! Our deepest love and sympathies to you all!

Scott, Lynn and Jordan Doolittle 2022-01-08T15:08:21

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Randy Stulce 2022-01-08T11:13:30

We are so sorry for your loss if there’s anything we can do don’t hesitate you and your family are in our prayers 🙏♥️

Ed and Rhonda schad 2022-01-08T10:25:43

Praying for peace and comfort for the family. John was a good man, a good father and friend. God Bless you all.

Carol and Terry 2022-01-08T07:47:06

May God give you strength to carry on. Condolences to your family in this, most difficult time.

John Ziemann 2022-01-07T22:05:39

Sending all the love and prayers!! John will be missed! Blessed to have been his friend!

Carol Rebelak 2022-01-07T21:26:18

Condolences to you, Donna & Cory & family. No longer in pain but still gone too soon. Prayers for you all.

Bill & Paula Hart 2022-01-07T20:49:47

John will be missed by a lot of people. Prayers for the family. God Bless you all

Nancy Shea 2022-01-07T20:03:04

Sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.

Lucy Nading 2022-01-07T20:01:29

So sorry to hear of Johns passing. My condolences to Donna, Cory, Laura and the entire family.

Anita Feltes 2022-01-07T18:45:59

Dear Donna and family,
I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing, though I am relieved that his suffering has ended. I so enjoyed working with him at Mc Donald’s “back in the day. ” he was a good guy. May your memories bring you blessings and peace.

Sue Holmes 2022-01-07T17:29:56

So sorry for your loss. We are sending thoughts and prayers 🙏 to the whole family.. RIP John.

Stan and Barb Foster 2022-01-07T17:04:11

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