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Lanford B. "Lenny" Gates

October 1, 1953 — April 25, 2022


Lanford Gates, 68, of Gates Road, Schellsburg passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Crichton Rehab Center, Johnstown, PA.

Mr. Gates was born on October 1, 1953, son of the late Harry A. and Nancy J. (Nevitt) Gates.

On October 30, 1971, Lanford married Dianne M. (Suttmiller) Gates. This past October they celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss.

Along with his wife Dianne, Lenny is survived by son- Mark husband of Lisa (Ferro) Gates, Lavelle, PA; son- Matthew husband of Dana (Fochtman) Gates, Manns Choice; son- Luke husband of Talayne (Suder) Gates, Biglerville; daughter- Carrie wife of John Shearer, Bedford; son- Seth husband of Sara (Lepley) Gates Schellsburg and son Aaron Gates and partner Stanley Lloyd, Seattle, WA; 10 grandchildren- Lilly, Bode, Daisy, Riley, Molly, Ethan, Thaeden, Nolan, Eli and Aedan, brother- Joe husband of Kathy Gates, Schellsburg; brother- Mike husband of Susan Gates, Schellsburg; sister- Cindy Gates, New Paris and sister- Heidi Gates, Bedford.

For the last 25 years Lenny worked as the Facility Manager for the Church of Latter-day Saints. He also worked construction for many years.

Lenny was the Branch President for several years at the he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors where he could be found riding his gator or running heavy equipment which, he greatly enjoyed. Lenny loved sawing lumber with his sawmill and kept busy working on projects for not only himself but others. He was very service oriented and took great joy in helping others with their building projects. Lenny was very hard working and a great role model. He was a great asset to the community, he coached Baseball, Softball and was a Boy Scout Leader along with holding other positions at the church he attended.

Lenny was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 6-9PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 160 Donahue Manor Road, Bedford, PA 15522.

A Funeral Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bedford on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 2:00PM with Branch President Charles Burkett officiating.

Interment at Schellsburg Cemetery.

Online condolence may be expressed at

Arrangements entrusted to Mickle-Geisel Funeral Home, Schellsburg.

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