Mr. William Edgar Gates, age 94, of Menlo, GA, passed away Friday, January 7, 2011 at his residence.

Mr. Gates was born October 26, 1916 in Lincoln, NE, son of the late William Edgar Sr. and Fannie Noyes Gates. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1938. Mr Gates was the owner and operator of Gamble’s Store in Wilburn, NE, and was an agent for Prudential Insurance and Capp Homes. He was also a former firefighter for Burlington. Mr. Gates was a member of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, and was a past master of the Wilbur Masonic Lodge, F & A M. Other than his parents, Mr. Gates was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Larraine Gibson Gates, and a sister, Lois Lewis.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Tom Stewart, Menlo, GA; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephan and Joyce Gates, Lincoln, NE, David and Kathy Gates, Lincoln, NE, George and Sue Gates, Gladstone, MO; a brother, John Robert Gates, New Jersey; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Gates will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE with Pastor Stephan Raddatz officiating. Interment will follow in the Wyuka Cemetery.

Mr. Gates will be in state at Roper and Sons Funeral Home (4300 "O" Street, Lincoln, NE) and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Monday evening, as well as at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday.

Mason Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.