CW3 Tim H. Bates was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/23/2010 at the age of 60.6 from Cancer
Iowa City, IA
Flight Class 71-7
Date of Birth 05/14/1950
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Steve Hanken

More detail on this person: Tim Haven Bates III, 60, died peacefully Dec. 23, 2010, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha after a long battle with cancer. Tim has chosen to be cremated and interred in a private ceremony, with family and friends, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Cremation services were provided by Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services of Iowa City.

Tim, the son of Tim Haven Jr. and Roberta June Bates, was born May 14, 1950, in Omaha, Neb. He graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1968 and briefly attended Iowa State University before joining the military.

Tim served his country with distinction as a MedEvac helicopter pilot in both the Active and Reserve Army spanning 20 years from 1970 to 1990. Tim obtained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 during his military career. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism and 20 air medals while flying in Vietnam.

After active duty, Tim attended the University of Iowa where he obtained a Liberal Arts degree with emphasis in English, philosophy, literature, science and the arts, and computer science. Tim also obtained a minor in East Asian language and literature _ Mandarin Chinese.

Tim was employed at the University of Iowa for 30 years beginning in July 1981 as an ECC Dispatcher for AirCare Emergency Transport. In 1984, Tim began a career in computer programming with the UI College of Medicine. In 1998, Tim continued his IT career working as manager, Technology Services with University Housing & Dining. Tim was hired as the first dedicated full-time IT professional in University Housing & Dining (then Residence Services). During his 12+ years with the department, Tim was instrumental in introducing new IT systems to the department and supporting the overall IT needs of the department. During this time, Tim's role expanded from a one-man IT operation to supervision of five full-time professional IT staff plus numerous students. Tim dedicated countless hours to his work in the department and was a role model to many. His impact to the department and all who worked with him will be missed.

Tim is survived by his mother, Roberta Bates; sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Gary Perrin; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Bates; brother, Bob Bates; and sister and brother-in-law, Tori and Mike Twigg.

Tim's family and friends would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Iowa City Hospice, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and Veterans Medical Center of Iowa City. These organizations provided Tim and his family extraordinary support and loving care during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy,

315 18th Ave., Hiawatha, IA 52233 ( honor-gift-program.aspx)

Online condolences may be sent to Tim's family through the web at

Tim's request is that no visitation be held, rather a celebration of his life will be held in the spring with family and friends.

From: Steve Hanken

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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