Daniel Jerald Gates, 77


Daniel Jerald Gates, 77

Daniel Jerald Gates, 77, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Sept. 15, 2016, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born July 11, 1939, in Washington, D.C., to the late Jesse Bernard and Mary Baker Gates.

Gates was devoted to his family and loved doing things with, and for, them. Gates was an amateur “animal rescue expert,” saving animals of all kinds. He rescued everything, and had pigs, raccoons, goats and even a skunk. He loved his animals. He also loved helping people.

Gates was preceded in death by his sister, Pricilla Hinkley, and a twin brother, David Gates. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Wheeler-Gates; three children, Andrew Carl Gates and his wife, Cheryl, of Prince Frederick, Md., Debora Sue Slye and her husband, the Rev. Benjamin Slye, of Riverdale, Md., and Danette Readling and her husband, Richard, of Stevensville, Md.; his stepson, Robert L. Wheeler; his siblings, Bernadette Gagne of North Carolina, Jessie Taylor of Coatesville, Pa., Andrea Snoots and her husband, Ricky, also of Coatesville; four grandchildren, Andrew Gates, Thomas Gates, Kyle Slye and Corey Readling; a great-grandchild, Destiny Gates; and extended family members and friends. Another beloved part of his life was his canine friend B.J., who was with him when he passed.

A memorial service will be held at a later time, and all arrangements were private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to the Delaware SPCA; 22918 DuPont Blvd.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.