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Richard Merle Bate
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Richard “Rick” Merle Bate, beloved Husband, Father, and Papa, passed away suddenly and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Rick was born to Muriel and the late Merle on June 22, 1959, the third of four boys. In 1960, shortly after his birth, the Bate family moved to Tacoma, WA, where he lived for the next 58 years. The Bate boys grew up in Tacoma, visiting family in Oregon, traversing Tacoma on their bicycles, camping, and generally just being outdoors whenever they could. Rick graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1977 and, shortly thereafter, began working at Swiss Ornamental where he learned the trade and passion he would pursue for the rest of his life. In September 1985, he and his business partner and lifelong friend Mike Cross started Creative Ornamental Iron, through which they provided custom wrought iron works for the people of the greater Puget Sound area. For nearly 15 years, Rick worked two jobs six days a week, a day job to provide insurance for his family and labored every night at Creative to build the business, until in 1999, he was finally able to leave his day job and work full-time at Creative as his sole job.

Rick met his bride Charlene on Tuesday, October 13, 1981, and they were inseparable thereafter. When they met, Charlene had 3 kids, Ryan, Jessica, and Matt, whom Rick loved and treated as his own. Rick and Charlene were married October 15, 1983, and together they had two more daughters, Stephanie and Jenny. Over the next 35 years, Rick and Char built a life and legacy together few get to experience. They had ups and downs as all do, but through it all, their lives were characterized by love and a perfect simplicity. Rick always had all he needed, and never asked for anything more than that. He selflessly loved his family and sacrificed so much so his family could have so much more.

Rick placed his trust in Christ in 2006, and as faithfully as the sun rises, you could find him every day reading his Bible and going through each day’s reading in Our Daily Bread, standing in the kitchen while he ate his lunch. Each day he fell in love with Christ and grew deeper in his love and understanding of Him, and it was apparent daily, as he lived a life full of grace, love and truth. His favorite passage of Scripture was Ephesians 2:8-9:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Rick loved his grandkids and was a very proud papa. If there was a game or an event, you can bet he’d find a way to be there. He was quick with a nickname and a hug for all. He found peace in his garden and loved to use his fresh vegetables in his cooking. He loved to cook and BBQ for his family and was always proud to do it. He also loved his old cars, westerns, silly comedy, and an evening of solitaire to relax.

Rick was a humble, simple man of few words, but full of love, a silly face, and a genuine smile. Whether it was to his family or the cashier at the grocery store, he was quick to offer a smile, a kind word, and even a dad-joke or three. There’s not a person who met Rick who didn’t immediately like him!

Rick was preceded in death by his father Merle in 2016 and is survived by his mother Muriel; his brothers Tom, Terry, and Ron; his wife of 35 years, Charlene; his children Ryan, Jessica, Matt, Stephanie, and Jenny; his 14 grandchildren; and his English Labrador, Hank the Tank.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the graveside service on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, 5212 70th St W, Tacoma. Following that, there will be a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Bible Church, 7909 40th St W, University Place, Washington, 98466.


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Tuesday

8

May

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Calvary Cemetery

5212 70th St W
Tacoma, WA 98467

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