Billy was born in Laramie, Wyoming, on May 20, 1973, to Lyle R and Kerry L Bates. Billy, and his mom and brother moved to Newcastle in July of 1982. He went to school in Newcastle and Sundance, Wyoming. He graduated from two job corps, one in Anaconda, Montana, and Clearfield, Utah. Billy worked several jobs in Newcastle but his favorite job was welding. In 2001 he suffered his first heart attack while he wasn’t able to work he still went to help people. Billy never knew a stranger and he talked to everyone.
Billy is survived by his parents, Lyle R Bates of Westminster, Colorado, and Kerry L. Bates of Newcastle; his life mate, Kirstin L Jarboe and children Emily and Cade of Newcastle; his uncle Ray Mathewson of Salt Lake City, Utah; his cousin, Rich Cotton of Hot Springs, South Dakota; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two aunts and his brother Jimmy Bates.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Senior Center in Newcastle.
A memorial has been established at the 1st State Bank in Newcastle.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Hills Funeral Home in Sturgis.
Friends and family may sign his online guest register and leave written condolences at www.blackhillsfuneralhome.com.