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Jonathan Luke Kates

Birth Date: March 15, 1961
Death Date: April 27, 2017

Decatur-Jonathan Luke Kates, 56, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital with his family by his side.

Jonathan was born March 15, 1961 in Olney, Illinois, the son of Peter J. and Isabell E. Kates. He was employed with GCA Services at Caterpillar and a member of GT Church. Jonathan was very artistic and enjoyed quilting, camping, and especially spending time with family. He married Tonya S. Dasenbrock on April 18, 1998.

Jonathan leaves behind his wife Tonya, daughters Savannah and Cheyenne Kates and Brittany Collins and her daughter Kaylen, father Peter Kates, sisters Mary Ann (Patrick) Mullen, Kathy (John) Frazier, Teresa (Frank) Vossos, and Kelly (Gene) Klemaier, brothers Peter “Jay” (Becky) Kates, David (Cindy) Kates, Kenneth (Rhonda) Kates, Mark (Patty) Kates, Nick (Krista) Kates and many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his mother Isabell.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff with DMH, the Gift of Hope, family, church family, and friends for all of their loving care, prayers, and support during this most difficult time.

Services to celebrate Jonathan’s life will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at GT Church, 500 S 27th St, Decatur, with Pastor Rick Spangler officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the church. Entombment will be in the Star of Hope Mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family in care of Tonya Kates.

The family of Jonathan Luke Kates is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

May 2, 2017
5:00 pm
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GT Church
500 S. 27 St. Decatur, IL 62521
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Burial Following Services
May 3, 2017
Star of Hope Mausoleum / Graceland Cemetery
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
May 3, 2017
10:00 am
GT Church
500 S. 27 St. Decatur, IL 62521
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  1. I didn't know Jon very well but I remember meeting Jon for the first time at the school where Tonya and I worked. He was a very nice and funny man! I can remember his smile, the whole time he was visiting he was smiling! Made the rest of my day!!

  2. I'm so very sorry to hear of Jon passing.
    I worked with him at ADM and was it ever a pleasure. That man kept use laughing all the time. No matter the situation he always had a funny remark. If the old saying is true that god only takes the best well you better believe that he got a good one with Jon.
    My heart goes out to his wife and children that you will all get through this. knowing that he is probably up there smiling down on you.
    Prayers to all the family. Father and siblings.

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