Shirley Gates, 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, February 27, 2022, at her home.
Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning March 2, 2022 at Hopkinton Community Church with private family interment in Hopkinton Cemetery. Friends can call 9:30 a.m. at the church. Goettsch Funeral Home took Shirley and her family into their care. By visiting Goettschonline.com, you can share your thoughts, memories and condolences with Shirley’s family and sign the online guestbook. Memorials may be made to the Hopkinton Community Church or the Delaware County Historical Society.
Surviving are 3 children, Bill (Michelle) Gates, Dubuque, Gary (Cheryl) Gates, Hopkinton, Kim Gates, Waukon, son-in-law Dennis Rigel, Waterloo, 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 3 nieces and one sister- sister-in-law, Marge Dunlap. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Kimbal, her daughter Lynne Rigel in 2016 and her brother, Eugene Dunlap.
Shirley Anne Dunlap was born on September 18, 1926 in Washington, Iowa. She was the daughter of Leslie and Gladys Schulty, Dunlap. Shirley graduated from Washington High School in 1944 and went on to study at Cornell College in Mount Vernon. Shirley Dunlap and Kimbal Gates were married on September 19, 1948 in Washington, Iowa. Kimbal, his brother Robert, and their father Leslie operated Gates Implement in Kalona, Iowa, a John Deere and Chevrolet dealership. The Gates family sold the business in Kalona in December 1957 and moved to Hopkinton, Iowa in 1958, where they farmed. Shirley was a homemaker and mother.
Shirley has always been active in the community, a member of The United Methodist Church, now Hopkinton Community Church. She was the church organist for 60 years. Shirley was also an accompanist for students participating in high school music competitions. She was also active in Camp Fire, as a leader and member of the Camp Fire Board. Shirley belonged to the Kennsington Klub, was an election official, and served as treasurer of the Delaware County Historical Society. She enjoyed walking, playing tennis, reading and doing her adult coloring books, playing ping pong, playing games and spending time with her pets and family.