Larry E. Gates, 72, of Kingman, died at 9:49 pm August 14, 2016 in Union Hospital Terre Haute.
He was born November 16, 1943 in Paris, IL to Ralph Jackson Gates and Reba Kathryn Van Houten Gates.
On June 16, 1963, he married Judy Irene Gard in Martinsville, IL.
He was a member of the Kingman Christian Church and the Indiana Trail Riders.
Larry submitted this article in the September 2013 issue of the newsletter.
In 2007 I built a new barn after the old barn was destroyed by a heavy snow load. When I built the stalls (nothing fancy) I installed a sliding gate latch. When I began to stall the horses in the winter, several times I would go to feed and my Arabian mare would be in the aisle of the barn eating hay from the haymow. One time I went out and another stall was open and Judy's horse was also out. I got a lawn chair and sat and waited to see what was happening. Before too long, Tippy (Arab mare) took hold of the gate latch and worked until she got it to slide and then she took her nose and pushed the gate open. She then proceeded to another stall and undid the latch on that one too. I drilled a hole in the gate latch and put a snap through it so she could not get out. That was 6 years ago and she still tries to get the latch undone. When folks come by to visit they all want to watch the ESCAPE ARTIST at work. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly she can work her magic. I still love her and think she is the greatest horse I have ever owned.