Markus Anthony Bates

Markus Anthony Bates age 40 of Cadillac, passed away on Jan. 30, 2018, at Samaritas Senior Living, in Cadillac. He was born on Jan. 2, 1978 in Reed City, Michigan to Amasa (Tony) Bates Sr. and Melitta (Kool) Bates. He married Misty Gale Reese on June 13, 2008 in Hersey, Michigan. Markus enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, boating, and being with his family. He loved helping others and also helped coach baseball. Markus was a master mechanic and worked in the Cadillac area as an auto mechanic. He is survived by his wife; Misty Gale Bates of Cadillac, children; Clinton Bates, Brendan Bates, Morgan Bates, Deacon Bates, Dayla Bates of Cadillac, two step children; Gerald Corwin of Cadillac, and Brenna Corwin of Manton, mother, Melitta Bates (significant other Lyle Hamilton) of Reed City, siblings; Monika Repke of Big Rapids, Diana Herwy of North Carolina, and Michelle MacKellar of Cedar Springs, ex-wife Brandi (Wayne) Rogers of Cadillac, and a special person Macy Harrington of Manton, and many nieces and nephews, and one grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his father; Amasa (Tony) Bates Sr., brother; Amasa Bates Jr, and a sister; Mary Tonya Bates. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 12:00 p.m. at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain; Rev. Walter Ross will be officiating at the service. A luncheon will be held after the service. The Burkholder Family Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with burial expenses. Thoughts and prayers may be left at

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Nate Engle

I'm very sorry for your loss. God's greatest gift to us is our ability to have faith. May you all be comforted in knowing that he is now with the Lord.

Kipp Saathoff

Melitta & Shelly & Families - I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot convey my heartfelt sympathy for your family's loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this time of loss.

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