Eileen Scates, age 95, passed away on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Chetek. She was born December 26th, 1923 to William and Bessie (Kiser) Young of Dallas.
She attended school and spent her childhood and young adult years in the Dallas/Prairie Farm area with her parents and nine siblings. In the 1940’s, Eileen and a few of her sisters moved to Kansas and found employment with the Coca-Cola bottling company in Wichita.
It was there she met her future husband, Robert Scates. Robert enlisted in the Navy and left for Treasure Island, CA in 1943. Eileen and her sisters moved to Kennewick, WA and found work in a military mess hall at the time of the Manhattan Project. In 1944, Eileen returned to Kansas. She married Robert on October 16th, 1944 in Wellington. Robert deployed with the Navy and Eileen returned to Wisconsin for a time until she was able to join Robert in Miami, FL. WWII had ended and in January of 1946, Robert was honorably discharged and the couple returned to Kansas. In 1947, Eileen “took Robert by the ear and dragged him off to Wisconsin.”
Robert found employment with Wallace Jerome as a Dispatcher. He then formed Bob Scates Construction and began to remodel homes and build new barns on the turkey farms. Eventually Robert and Eileen moved to and operated Fairview Turkey Farm near Prairie Farm. They later created Shar-leen Trailer Sales and Service in Rice Lake, a mobile home repair business and manufacturer of fiberglass pick-up covers. In 1963, they bought Eileen’s home place near Prairie Farm from her parents and created another business, Prairie King Sales and Service, manufacturers of custom pick-up toppers and campers. They remained there until retirement in 1998.
Eileen was a loving wife, mother and grandma. Eileen and Robert were a very loving and gracious couple who enjoyed being there for those in need. They were loving foster parents of many children throughout their years in Prairie Farm and in 1975, adopted their daughter Sandra, whom they had cared for since infancy.
Following retirement, the couple moved to Barron for a short time. When Robert’s health began to fail, they moved to Fall Creek to be with their daughter and family. Robert passed away on October 2nd, 2012 and in 2016, Eileen’s health declined quickly with Rapid Onset Dementia. It became necessary for her to enter a nursing facility. In 2017, she moved to Atrium Post Acute Care in Chetek where she passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side. Eileen was a sweet and caring soul who loved and cared for everyone. She loved children and wanted nothing more in life than to be a loving wife and mother. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Orville (Alma), Delbert (Violet) and Foster (Geneva) Young; and sisters, Velma (Ben) Hudson, Dorothy (Harry) Mapes, Julia (Everett) Hansen, Charlotte (Paul) Tiegs, Lucille (John) Brendel and Fern (Mervyn) Humphrey.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Anthony) Peterson of Fall Creek; granddaughter, Alicia Peterson of Fall Creek; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th at the Prairie Farm Community Center with interment following at the Glenwood Cemetery in the Town of Dallas.
Visitation will be held for the hour prior to services at the community center.
Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.