June Gates

June 06, 1955 ‒ June 05, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio

God welcomed an angel, June Gates, resident of Sunbury, into Heaven on Saturday, June 5, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

June’s smile, gentle manner, and encouraging words made it a joy to be in her presence and her life is a testament to a woman well-loved.  She enjoyed traveling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 6, 1955 to Sterling and Emma M. (Oiler) Tackett.  She was a graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, Class of 1973.  June was a devoted mother and homemaker who cherished every moment caring for her family.  She was an Executive Admin at Chase Bank and Joe Walker Realty and later served as a receptionist for Sunbury Christian Church.

June will be deeply missed by all who knew her, including her husband, Stephen Gates of Sunbury, OH; her children, Holly (Mike) Aleccia of Grand Rapids, MI,  Connie (Greg) Jessup of Wilton, CT, Joe (Meghan) Creitz of Sunbury, OH; grandchildren, Abby, Kendall, Mike, Austin, Ashlee, Benjamin, Julianna, Jenavieve and a baby girl expected any day;  parents, Sterling and Emma Tackett of Sunbury, OH; sister, Patsy (Mike) Link of Ostrander, OH.

Waiting in Heaven for June are her beloved brother, Mike; her God-mother, Delores “Rose” Chambers; her grandparents; and other precious loved-ones (including the four-legged variety).

The family will receive guests from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Fellowship Bible Chapel, 2949 County Road 605, Sunbury.  A service celebrating June’s life will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, June 11th, 2021 in the same location with Pastor Charles Atkinson officiating. All are welcome.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve June’s family.  Please share a memory or condolence with the family on this website.


  • I met June at BV when we had study hall together. Such a sweet lady. Was glad to have reconnected on Facebook. Prayers for her family.

  • June was the friendliest, most generous, kind neighbor. She will be missed dearly by many. Prayers and condolences to the family. Heaven gained a true angel.

  • Bill and I offer our deepest condolences. June was such a joyful and beautiful person. She was a great neighbor and friend who always had a smile to share and engage you in conversation. We are truly saddened by her passing.

  • I knew June since elementary school and was in Mike’s class. We rode the same school bus. She was such a beautiful lady. All of your children were so special I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  • June and I went to Brown School and graduated from Buckeye Valley together. We lost contact over the years but I always remember what a kind and pleasant person she was.
    I am very sorry for your loss

  • June was such a sweet, kind neighbor. She was always smiling and waving. I truly enjoyed our conversations and she was always so sweet to our son. She would always comment on how wonderful his chalk artwork was and how tall he was getting and he would smile. I am so grateful for all of our conversations and for the chance to get to know June. A very special lady who we will miss so much.

  • Our hearts go out to June’s family. Although we did not know her well, we would chat when we would meet up on dog walks. She was always smiling and so kind and such a pleasure to talk with. We will be keeping you in our prayers, asking that God give you comfort at this most difficult time.

  • I first met June when she called the SC church office to see if we, by any chance, needed a receptionist. As it turned out, we had just been talking about it, making her phone call extremely timely! (It was no accident… in God’s timing!). I was privileged to call her a friend through several years of working together. June was sweet, kind, and no matter what she was going through, had a beautiful smile for everyone. She had such a sweet and gentle spirit and loved the Lord. She loved her family with a passion and spoke of them with so much love and pride. It is said that some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts. . . And, June was one of those people. Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to all of June’s family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! She will be deeply missed.

  • My prayers and condolences to Steve, Holly and Connie. I was so surprised to hear June had fallen and deeply saddened to hear she had passed. I knew June when she was helping in the Church office when it was on Rainbow Avenue. I would clean the gym for a supper event on Wednesdays. As I arrived June would greet me and was always so very pleasant and kind. She had such a wonderful personality.

  • I do not have words for the loss I feel for this dear , sweet lady! My husband and myself had lunch with June and Steve at least once a week at our loved restaurant Surve! When she was out of town visiting her dear children, we missed her, but she loved every minute spent with them and the grandchildren, we saw her on Monday never having a thought that would be the last time here on earth! We will see her again! We laughed so much when together and I will so miss the laughter and time spent together!

  • What a shock! Our sincere sympathy to Steve and the rest of the family. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memories become treasures. Many memories of June, who will be missed by many.

    Terry and Shirley Dunahugh

  • I was so shocked when I heard about June.My heart broke when I heard this tragic news. She was such a sweet and very special lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve, her kids and grandkids. May God fill all of you with His peace, love, comfort and strength through this difficult time!! Try to focus on all of your wonderful memories together and always treasure them!!

  • I met June in high school and always enjoyed her company. I hadn’t seen her for many years and was glad to connect via Facebook. She was such a nice person and I was so sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy to all of the family.

  • My condolences to June’s entire family. Very sorry for your loss. June was always so cheerful and full of fun. Years have passed since meeting in middle school, lots of sleepovers and parties, she always enjoyed life. After graduation from BV we’d lost contact but recently reconnected and looked forward to celebrating our 50th reunion. May she be forever remembered in our memories.

  • There are no words other then shear sadness for all who will miss her laughter and her stories of her visits with her kids and her grad babies who she just beamed when she talked about all of you. I’ve known June for several yrs. She was a client of mine at Great Clips where her and Steve are regulars. She always talked about her trips to see her family and spending time with her grandkids and all the things she did. She always kept tabs on my 2 daughters and when my mom was going through hospice she always gave me encouraging words. The last time I seen June we stepped outside the salon to talk abit more. Steve everyone at the salon grieve with you and your family for when you told us we all were just in utter disbelief and still are. Please know that you are very dear to us. I WILL ALWAYS BE GREATFUL FOR HER. June I will miss you. 😢

  • June was everything the previous posts have stated. A sweet and loving woman. Family was precious to her. She was excited that Meghan was giving her another granddaughter. She expressed how she was on call for Joe & Meghans other children when the time to go to the hospital came. June was a blessing to us. She and Steve our best friends. Happy will miss her other “mommy”. June was always smiling when she would come to the car to take Happy for the day. Our last words each day were “I love u sis” before I would leave for work. God will comfort her family with the knowledge that June did profess Jesus as her savior and she is rejoicing in heaven.

    • Yep, much rejoycing in Heaven! Connie, June loved you dearly! in her heart real love. Thank you too for loving Junie.

  • I had the pleasure of knowing June and her father while working at Chemical Abstracts. Both of them were such sweet people. I am so sorry I didn’t receive the obituary until after the service. I would like to have attended to express my deepest condolences. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs.

    Judy Darst

  • Debbie and I just learned of June’s passing. June started working at CAS in January 1974, the same day that I re-started working at CAS.

    Our deepest sympathies go out to Steve, and June’s entire family. Our hearts go out especially to our dear friends, Sterling & Emma.

    We are praying that you may feel God’s presence, love, and comfort at this difficult time.

    Ernie & Debbie Larger