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Obituary for John Wesley Cate
12 July, 1920 -  11 April, 1996
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
15 April, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo



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John Cate

     John Wesley Cate, age 75, died, Thursday, April 11, 1996, at Saint John's Hospital in Longview, Washington.  A former resident of Middleton, Idaho, he has resided in Chehalis, WA., since coming from Camas, WA., in 1979.
     He was born on July 12, 1920, in Mountain Home, Idaho, to Emmett and Irene (Kincaid) Cate.  He was raised and attended school in Middleton, Idaho.  In 1936, he was the recipient of All American Honors in football.
     He married Helen Yurich of New York City, N.Y., in the early 1940's.
     He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II, for which he received the Good Conduct Medal.
     He was married to Delores Gillespie of Sterling, Colorado in the 1950s.
     He was a graduate of N.Y.U. and obtained a Master's Degree from Colorado State.  He was a teacher for many years.  He taught in New Hampshire, Colorado, Alaska, Texas and California.  More recently, he owned and operated the Cascadia Apartments in Chehalis.
     He was an athlete throughout his life and an avid golfer.  He was a past member of Eagles Arie #1550, Lions Club, Toastmasters, and was 4 times past president of the Lewis County Rental Association, Local and State Apartment House Association.
     He is survived by his business partner and partner-in-life for the past 18 years, Annita Spencer of Chehalis, WA; sons, John W. Cate of Randolph, N.J., Blaine W. Cate of Sunnyvale, CA., Theron W. Cate of Chehalis, WA; daughters, Willie Balsamello of Hackettsville, N.J.; stepdaughter, Penny Wilson of Santa Rosa, CA.; brothers, Dr. William Cate of Bellevue, WA., Dr. William Cate of Bellevue, WA., Howard Moberly of Montana, Verle Moberly of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lewis Moberly of Payette, Idaho; and 5 grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Elena and Candice, and 1 bother, Richard.
     A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Middleton Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Idaho.