Lyndon D. Bates was born on January 7, 1917, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to William and Allie (Davison) Bates. He graduated from high school in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1934. He received his A.A. in education from Wessington Springs College, Wessington Springs, SD, in 1936. In 1940, he received his B.A. from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois. He did graduate work in education, philosophy & psychology at the University of Iowa from 1949-1957. He taught and coached in Erwin and Onida, SD, before moving to Iowa to join Collins Radio Company, working there from 1951-1968. He moved to Texas and worked for Collins from 1958-1968.
From 1968-1972, he was director of training for Zale Corporation. From 1972-1974, he was director of training for Sanger/Harris Federated Stores. He was Quality Assurance Data Management Director for Electro-Space Inc. from 1974-1982. He retired from Electro-Space in 1982. He married Edith Huglin in July 1940. She preceded him in death in 1989.
He was a member of the Dallas, TX, Chamber of Commerce Committee on Education, President of the Dallas Chapter of American Society for Training & Development and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a member of Richardson First United Methodist Church where he taught adult Sunday School classes for many years. He was a member of Kiwanis, Masonic Lodge and Lions.
He moved to Mitchell and married Marjorie (Nielson) Tschetter in 1990. He was president of Mitchell Area Retired Teachers, a member of James Valley Senior Citizens Center and an active member of Mitchell First United Methodist Church, serving on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; one son, Charles (Barbara), Milton, FL; two daughters, Lynda (Joe) McCauley, McKinney, TX; and Lana (David) Van Compernolle, Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Leslie (Connie) Bates, Black Mountain, NC; and one sister, Esther Morrison, Weaverville, NC; Marjorie’s children: Jean (Jim) Beddow, Sioux Falls, SD; Nancy (Jack) Theeler, Mitchell, SD; Dwight (Barbara) Tschetter, Minnetonka, MN; Marjorie’s seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith; a daughter, Lila White; a brother, LaRue Bates; two sisters, Savilla Morrison and Anna Orr; and two brothers-in-law, Vernon Morrison and Walter Orr.
A memorial fund has been established at First United Methodist Church, Mitchell, SD.