Richard Rates

James W. Shirley Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | July 21, 2019

Richard Rates, 77, of North Huntingdon, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019 at UPMC East.  He was born, June 19, 1942 in Herbert, Pa., a son of the late John and Mary (Kasun) Rates.  Prior to his retirement, Richard was an autoworker for General Motors.  He was a member of St. Agnes Parish, Italian Brotherhood of Guffey, social member of Hahntown Fire Dept., Hartford Heights Fire Dept., Larimer Fire Dept and Lowber Fire Dept.  He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jayne Panesky Rates; and brother, Ronald Rates.  He is survived by his sons, Todd Rates and his wife, Kimberly, Donald Rates and his wife, Dawn; daughter, Susan Cable; sister, Micheline Vargo; and six grandchildren.  Friends will be received on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Agnes Church, North Huntingdon.  Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles.

Originally published July 21, 2019.

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