Eileen J. Scates, 95, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Chetek, Wis. She was born Dec. 26, 1923, to William and Bessie (Kiser) Young, of Dallas, Wis.
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 1940s, 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, Calif., in 1943. Eileen and her sisters moved to Kennewick, Wash., 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 Oct. 16, 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, Fla. 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, Wis. They later created Shar-leen Trailer Sales and Service in Rice Lake, a mobile home repair business and manufacturer of fiberglass pickup 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, they adopted their daughter, Sandra, whom they had cared for since infancy. Following retirement, the couple moved to Barron, Wis., for a short time. When Robert’s health began to fail, they moved to Fall Creek, Wis., to be with their daughter and family. Robert passed away on Oct. 2, 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 of 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.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Anthony) Peterson, of Fall Creek; granddaughter Alicia Peterson, of Fall Creek; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Prairie Farm Community Center, with interment following at 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.