Aaron M. "Bear" Gater, 36 of Springville, Ind., passed away on Feb. 21, 2012 at his residence.
He was born in Bloomington on Nov. 4, 1975 to Michael and Joan (Hayes) Gater.
Aaron was disabled U.S. Army veteran, serving two tours in the Iraqi War. He attended White River Valley High School and also attended Ivy Tech Community Colege in Bloomington.
Survivors include his children, Whitney Gater and Alex Gater both of Bradenton, Fla., Audrey Gater of Palestine, Ill., his father, Michael Gater of Solsberry, his mother, Joan Gater of Linton, two sisters, Rachel Foster and husband Carl of Sullivan, Marilla Cosme and husband Alvaro of Linton, a niece Mattee Smith of Vincennes, two nephews Connor Foster and Brayton Foster both of Sullivan, expectant niece or nephew from his sister Marilla Cosme, and grandfather, Merrill Gater of Solsberry.
Cremation was chosen.
There will be a Celebration of Aaron's life for family and friends at a later date.
Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.