Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St. in Arcola. Malcolm Fox will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in the Arcola Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Friday, March 22) at the funeral home and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday, March 23. Public Masonic Rites will be held at 7 p.m. today (Friday, March 22) at the funeral home.
Cecil was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Harrisburg. He was a son of Everett Raymond and Fannie (Prowell) Gates. He married Aline Cox on March 23, 1947, in Galatia.
He is survived by his wife, Aline Gates; and his son, Steven Ray Gates and his wife, Nancy, of Arcola.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Emma Lou Gates Busby; and his brother, John Richard Gates.
Cecil was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic and Pacific Theaters.
He retired from USI in 1988 with over 32 years of service; he was number 2 operator for the ethylene unit.
He was a member of the Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 AF and AM, the Royal Arch, he was a 32 Degree Mason, Danville Consistory and he was a member of the Charleston VFW.
Cecil enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He had been a bee keeper. He served on the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years and was an Arcola City Council member for several years. He also had been a boat safety instructor for the State of Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Arcola Food Pantry or the Odd-Fellow Rebekah Home activity department.