He was born on August 18, 1932 in Havana, Ohio to the late Leo and Alberta (Bauman) Gates.
Harold worked and retired from CSX Transportation in Willard where he was a carman for 46 years. He very much enjoyed family gatherings and playing a friendly game of poker. He also enjoyed his farm and deer hunting.
He is survived by his children, Janet (Joseph) Androsac, Gerald Gates, and Jean (Dennis) Davis, all of Willard; granddaughter, Amanda (Dan) Bowser; great grandchildren, Nickolas and Allyson Bowser; half brother, Norbert Gates; and half sister, Deborah Gates.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Don and Richard Gates; and stepmother, Erma Gates.
There will be no services at this time but a small family gathering will be held at a later time following cremation. Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice in Sandusky. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.