Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rusty Gates Remembered 1955 to 2009

Calvin Hugh "Rusty" Gates Jr., 54, of Grayling, passed on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at his home on the banks of his beloved AuSable, surrounded by family.

Rusty was born in Bay City on Sept. 24, 1955, the son of the late Calvin Gates Sr. and Maricele (Zimmerman) Gates. Rusty graduated from Grayling High School in 1973. He married the former Julie McCredie on Dec. 3, 1988.

Rusty was self-employed as the owner of Gates Lodge for the past 21 years. The Gates AuSable Lodge has been in the Gates family for 40 years.

He was the President and Founder of Anglers of the AuSable; a member of Headwaters Land Conservancy, Federation of Fly Fisherman and Lovells Historical Society. Rusty has received many environmental awards.

NIFT members have been staying at Gates Lodge for many years and will miss Rusty.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
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