Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Bate, 65, of Valier, IL passed away October 7, 2015 at his home.
Jerry was born January 7, 1950 in Cleveland, OH the son of William Bate and Anna (Bowlin) Bate.
Jerry married Kelly (Girten) Bate on November 26, 1993 and she survives of Valier.
He was retired as chief of police at Rend Lake College and also worked for police departments in Christopher, Sesser and Valier.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Valier and was a trustee of the Valier Village Board.
Jerry was an Army veteran and served in Vietnam.
He is survived by his children, Jerry (Sandra) Bate, of Zeigler, IL, Brandy Bate, Brandon “Buck” Bate and Candice Walker of Zeigler, Kirsten (Johnson) and Ryan Goodisky of Mt Vernon and Kelsey Bate of Valier; grandchildren Cody, Mikayla, Landen, Bella, Rylee and Brody Bate, Lauren Goodisky and Dylon Kelly; sister Marilyn (Jack) Holton, Columbus, OH; special uncles Wendell Bowlin, Sesser and Bud Bowlin, Benton; mother-in-law Jo Ann Girten, Valier; brothers-in-law Donnie and Lyndy Girten, Benton and Cord and Lisa Girten, Valier. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, James Bate and Robert Bate.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home in Sesser with the Rev. Zach Waldis officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Harrison Cemetery, in Buckner, IL.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valier Methodist Church and will be accepted at the funeral home
Brayfield-Gilbert Funeral Home, in Sesser, IL, is in charge of arrangements.
For more information go to www.gilbertfuneralhomes.com.