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Rick L. Oates

July 17, 1953 ~ August 18, 2019 (age 66)


    Richard Lee “Rick” Oates, age 66 of Cabins, WV passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV.

    Rick was born July 17, 1953 in Philipsburg, PA and was a son of the late Eddie Oates and Mabel L. (Wimer) Oates. In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Zaiden Oates and brother-in-law, Gary Ellis. 

     Rick is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debra (Kemp) Oates; five sons, Gary Dwayne Oates of Virginia, Joshua Lee Oates of Virginia; Zachery Robert Oates of Petersburg, WV, Matthew Lee (Ashley)  Zimmerer of Harrisonburg, VA and James Andrew Zimmerer of Annapolis, MD; four grandchildren, Zillah C. Oates, Noah Harris, Holden Zimmerer and Austin Oates;  three brothers, Jerry (Dottie) Oates of Petersburg, WV; Bill (Kathy) Oates of Kentucky and Jimmy Oates of Amherst, VA; two sisters, Beverly Ellis of Suffolk, VA and Darlene (Delmas) Evans of Petersburg, WV and several nieces and nephews. 

Rick was employed by the former Roth Ford Company in Petersburg, WV and recently Weimer Ford in Moorefield, WV.  

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Schaeffer Funeral Home with Dr. Charles W. Kemp and Pastor Lynn Durbin officiating.  Family will receive friends from Noon until time of service. 

Burial will be in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, WV. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Oates family, c/o Debra Oates, 775 Corner Road, Cabins, WV  26855.




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August 22, 2019

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
11 North Main Street
Petersburg, West Virginia 26847

Funeral Service
August 22, 2019

2:00 PM
Schaeffer Funeral Home
11 North Main Street
Petersburg, West Virginia 26847

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