Jerrold “Jerry” Wayne Gates, 76, of Cottage Grove, Ore., passed away peacefully at home on May 27, 2022. Jerry was born on July 10, 1945 to Wayne and Thelma (Merrel) Gates. He graduated high school and served in the United States Air Force. Jerry married Sandra Joan Boyd and they were married 56 years. Jerry was a proud business owner of Gates Tradition Meat Company. When he wasn’t working you could find him on his John Deere mowing grass. He built a covered picnic area and playground because he enjoyed family gatherings. Jerry was a longtime member . . .