MOUNT LIBERTY — Heaven gained a special man, Lyman L. Gates, 79, of Mount Liberty, who passed away at home Sunday evening, Sept. 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born May 12, 1939 in Bangs, son of the late Claude C. and Adah (Hite) Gates Gamble.

Lyman was a 1957 graduate of Centerburg High School after which he served in the U.S. Army. He then worked for PPG Industries in Mount Vernon until its closure. Afterwards Lyman started Gates Well Drilling, from which he retired in 2015. He was also a Liberty Township Trustee for several years.

Lyman raced standard bred horses and belonged to the KC Cruisers Car Club in Mount Vernon, where he enjoyed working on and showing vintage cars. Lyman enjoyed all aspects of life from his horses, playing euchre, and all things Ohio State. A life-long member of the Masonic Lodge, Knights Templar, and Eastern Star, he loved being with family and friends. He was a humorous and loving man, who worked hard and enjoyed sharing his opinions and being a bit ornery. Lyman attended all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, knowing that his greatest accomplishment was raising a fine family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of nearly 47 years, Dorothy A. (Strickland) Gates and by brother Adrian “Ace” Gates. He is survived by son, David (Elena) Gates of Columbus, and daughter, Nancy (Chris) Adkins of Marengo; grandsons, Christopher and Eric Gates and Ryan Adkins; as well as nephews, Claude and Jim Gates; and two nieces, Tammy Faucett and Sharlena Biron.

Friends may call Monday, Sept. 10, from 4-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, OH 43074, where Masonic Services will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service celebrating Lyman’s life which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury. Pastors Elmer Ball and Kevin Moreland will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lyman’s memory may be made to the Hospice of Central Ohio.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Gates family. Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at


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