Walter Irving Bates II, formerly of Lititz, Korea vet, created and pioneered several businesses

By on November 15, 2017

Walter Irving Bates II, formerly of Lititz, died peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 14, 2017, in Wilmington, N.C.

He was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Meadville, to the late Edward Irving Bates and Elinor Van Scoten Bates. He was preceded in death by his loving companion of 27 years, Linda Rael of Lititz.

Walter graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania where he served in the student senate, as head chapel usher, marshal of the field and sergeant-at-arms in the Washington Irving Society. He graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C., where he was a varsity swimmer and baseball player. While attending Duke, Walter spent his junior year abroad at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

During the Korean War, he served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. After graduating from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz., he began a career in marketing for international corporations and later created and pioneered several businesses.

He is survived by his first wife: Virginia Avery Reich; his second wife: Jacquelyn Dwelle Bates; his children: Edward Avery Bates, Lauren Bates Galleher, Jacquelyn Bates Richardson (Ty), Edward Irving Bates II (Anne-Laure); and his grandchildren: Hunter Galleher, Phoebe Galleher, Annabel Bates, Léopold Bates, and Théodore Bates.

Services will be private with the ashes to be lovingly returned to the Seine River in his beloved Paris.

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