David S. Bates, 69

David S. Bates, 69, formerly of Havertown, Pa., died on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born April 26, 1949, the son of the late Samuel S. Bates and Doris Bates.

He was a U.S. Marine who proudly served his country in Vietnam. Bates retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2004. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and days at the Delaware shore, but mostly Bates enjoyed spending time with, and doting on, his children and grandchildren.

Bates is survived by his grade-school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Catherine (Staub) Bates; his son, Brandon David Bates and his wife, Marjorie; his daughters, Samantha Bates, and Mara Bates Manfre and her husband, Gregory; and eight grandchildren.

Church services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the Church of the Annunciation B.V.M. in Havertown, Pa., preceded by a visitation for family and friends starting at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation at http://dvnf.org. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com