Our History

The Bates-Gould Funeral Home began its rich history of serving families in Box Butte County in 1951 when George E. Bates and his wife Berniece moved to Hemingford where they purchased the Wildy Funeral Home. Changing the name to Bates Funeral Home after Harry Wildy’s retirement, George and Berniece provided funeral services exclusively to the Hemingford area. In 1961, they expanded to Alliance with the purchase of the Landa funeral home, at 618 Box Butte Ave., changing the name of the business to Bates-Landa Funeral Home. Ralph and Bernice Landa had not only operated the funeral home for many years but provided emergency ambulance service to the Alliance area. This service continued under George Bates until it was turned over to the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department in the 1970’s.

In 1968, the funeral home moved to its current location at 1020 W. 10th Street and, in 1977, Scott R. Bates joined his father in business. In 1985 Gary Gould joined the funeral home staff. George Bates retired in 1986. Two years later, Scott Bates and Gary Gould purchased the funeral homes and, in 1991, changed the name of both the Alliance and Hemingford locations to Bates-Gould Funeral Home.  Scott’s son, Eric Bates entered the firm in 1995.

The Bates-Gould Funeral Home has faithfully provided funeral and cremation services in Box Butte County for nearly sixty years.