Edward Arvin DeBates, 90, Luverne, formerly of Adrian, died Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A time of fellowship will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Adrian. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors provided by the Adrian American Legion will be at the St. Adrian Cemetery.
Edward DeBates was born Aug. 21, 1927, to Charles and Amanda (Donth) DeBates in Jasper. He attended school in Adrian. He served his country from 1952 to 1954 in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
After Eddie married Esther Woltjer, the couple lived in Adrian. To this union three children were born, Peggy, Steven and Douglas.
Eddie married Dianne Berger on Dec. 16, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada. After their marriage the couple lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Earlier, Eddie worked as shift manager at Safeway in Adrian for over 18 years. He also owned and operated Eddie’s Standard and Eddie’s Amoco in Adrian.
He was a member of the Sioux Falls VFW. He enjoyed delivering the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in bulk to various cities and working at the Holiday Park in Sioux Falls.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Dianne DeBates, Luverne; two children, Peggy (Jeff) Carrier, Adrian, and Steve (Lori) DeBates, Marshall; five stepchildren, Tammy Ransier, Sioux Falls, Cindy (Doug) Archer, Adrian, Barb (Mike) Mallette, Burlington, Iowa, Roxy (Bob) Vandendries, Canistota, South Dakota, and Mark (Julie) Berger, Las Vegas; two grandchildren, Dan (Leah) DeBates and Shelby (Brandon) Coens; five great-grandchildren, Kalsee (Vincent) Kohs, Brady, Linkcoln and Tucker Brouwer, and Kaylee DeBates; one great-great-grandson, Grayson Brouwer; six stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Robert DeBates, Adrian; a sister, Lorraine McCormick, Minnetonka; many nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Barbra Irrgang.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Douglas DeBates in 1964; a grandson, Jesse Carrier, in 2001; his ex-wife, Esther; and two sisters, Elaine Vogt and Therese Manley.
Arrangements were provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Adrian, dingmannandsons.com