Lyman L. Gates

May 12, 1939 ‒ September 02, 2018

Mount Liberty, Ohio

Heaven gained a special man, Lyman L. Gates, age 79, of Mt. Liberty, Ohio, who passed away at home Sunday evening September 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

He was born May 12, 1939 in Bangs, Ohio, son of the late Claude C. and Adah (Hite) Gates Gamble.

Lyman was a 1957 graduate of Centerburg High School after which he served in the U.S. Army. He then worked for PPG Industries in Mt. Vernon, Ohio until its closure. Afterwards Lyman started Gates Well Drilling, from which he retired in 2015. He was also a Liberty Township Trustee for several years.

Lyman raced standard bred horses and belonged to the KC Cruisers Car Club in Mt. Vernon, where he enjoyed working on and showing vintage cars. Lyman enjoyed all aspects of life from his horses, playing euchre, and all things Ohio State. A life-long member of the Masonic Lodge, Knights Templar, and Eastern Star, he loved being with family and friends. He was a humorous and loving man, who worked hard and enjoyed sharing his opinions and being a bit ornery. Lyman attended all his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, knowing that his greatest accomplishment was raising a fine family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of nearly 47 years, Dorothy A. (Strickland) Gates and by brother Adrian ”Ace” Gates. He is survived by son David (Elena) Gates of Columbus and daughter Nancy (Chris) Adkins of Marengo, grandsons Christopher and Eric Gates and Ryan Adkins, as well as nephews Claude and Jim Gates and two nieces Tammy Faucett and Sharlena Biron.

Friends may call Monday, September 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, where Masonic Services will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service celebrating Lyman’s life which will be held Tuesday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury. Pastors Elmer Ball and Kevin Moreland will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lyman’s memory may be made to the Hospice of Central Ohio.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Gates family.  Special memories and condolences may be expressed to them at

  • To one of the best guys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.I think of all the good good times we had the past 25+ years.We will always miss that ornery laugh and smile.Rest In piece my good friend.We love you and will always miss you.

    Russ and Nickie

  • A special fellow from Mt. Liberty and always helpful when he was in the well business and on the Liberty Trustees. His smile and his laugh will always be remembered by all who knew him. Our son Chuck and family and Karen and family send condolences as well. God bless his family.

  • We offer our condolences for the family! We grew up together in the small but big town of Mt. Liberty! The town lost a fine man!! He was always there when we had well or water problems at home ! He served his township well and always made you laugh. He will be missed by many !!!

  • We are so sorry to hear of Lyman’s passing. The car shows we enjoyed with him and Dorothy will always be remembered as such fun times. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family at this sad time. Jim and Jeanne Witt

  • I am so sorry to hear about Lyman passing. I remember him coming to our farm and helping us out during the summer. Fishing at our pond & helping out with our horses. And me and my grandfather going to his place and graded his training track for the horses. He will be missed by so many. May he rest in peace.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. May God hold your family in his arms, and help them as they face the coming days.

  • So sorry to hear of Lyman passing. Enjoy the times we had at Wheeling Downs. He was a great man that would help you when ever asked. Prayers for you and your family
    Steve Moore and family

  • Gates family,
    I’m so very sorry to hear about Lyman’s passing. Always remember coming over with my Grandma Frances Covrett. And the horses he raced for my grandparents. He was such a sweet guy. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Lowell and I send our condolences to Lyman’s family. Lyman was a special person always ready to help in the time of need. Fixed many of our “water problems ” He is free of all his pain now. He will be missed

  • Being from Mt. Liberty and classmate It meant a lot to me when Lyman called me during the passing of my husband, then called again to let me know as a Trustee he would be at the Liberty Chapel Cemetery on an excavator, as he wanted me to know, day of service and entombment there. We hugged and he met my adult children. Yes, he was always there for what ever need was. Nancy Spearman Miller

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of Lyman! I worked with him when he was a twp trustee & I was twp clerk, he took his job very seriously. I used to babysit for Dorothy & him when the kids were young. What good times! RIP, Lyman!

  • Rejoicing for Lyman tonight ! He knows no more pain or suffering, no heartache or grief. We all loved and respected the “Mayor of Mount Liberty”. We are praying for the family and know that Lyman will be missed. One of Mount Liberty’s finest, he was always good for a story or to lend a helping hand. He was a good man.
    Chris and Cindy Horton

  • Our sincere condolences to Lyman’s family. He was one man we could count on when it came to providing us information and helping us with our well in the time of need. Smiling, it was a joy to see Lyman riding around Mt. Liberty on his golf cart in later days. “Mayor of Mt. Liberty” seems quite an appropriate title for a man who checked in of folks. Indeed, he will be missed.

  • What a wonderful man. So sorry. Mayor of Mt. Liberty is so right. Will keep you in my prayers. Bob Harrod

  • Rest In Peace Lyman. You will be greatly missed. I didn’t know you long ,but you were one of the first people I did a car for when I moved to Centerburg. It was such a pleasure to do work for you. God sure got a kind and funny man when he took you. god bless.

  • Will sure miss him, shared some good times together, laughing at his stories while sharing a holiday meal.

  • Lyman will be missed dearly. What a kind and loving guy he was. So much fun to be around! We know that two angels will be reunited in Heaven. Denny and I hold you and your family in our hearts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear this news, I have many memories of Lyman and the family , as I grew up in Mt. Liberty. My thoughts and prayers are with you all .