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William Batteau

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VERGENNES - William "Bill" Carlton Batteau, 74, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.

He was born March 18, 1938, in Elkville, the son of Clifford "Doc" and Helen (Carter) Batteau.

Bill was united in marriage to Marilyn Sue Gregory in Murphysboro Dec. 21, 1963, and she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Kevin (Gail) Batteau of Pinckneyville, and Craig (Staci) Batteau of Murphysboro; two sisters, Georgia (Denis) Ross of Elgin, and Mary Ellen Willoughby of Wichita, Kan.; one brother; John (Janet) Batteau of Du Quoin; two stepbrothers, Frank and Jim Stewart; three stepsisters, Shirley Frost, Mary Ellen Pierson and Paula Kay Shuppert; four grandchildren, Luke and Grant Batteau of Pinckneyville, and Brook and Macy Batteau of Murphysboro; aunts, Mary Kias of Terre Haute, Ind., and Manetta Smith of Nashville; sisters-in-law, Glenda (Ronnie) Cheatham and Linda (Jack) Brown of Ava, Charlene (Fred) McDaniel of Steeleville, Debbie (Dale) Schumer of Coulterville, Cheryl Baker of Murphysboro, Olamae (Don) Batteau of Sandia, Texas, Gloria (Clifford, Jr.) Batteau of Muscatine, Iowa; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Pauline Stewart Batteau; son, Kenneth Stephen; brothers, Clifford Eugene and Donald Ray; sisters, Sharlet Piper and Dorothy Jean, step brother, Bill Stewart; and in-laws, Charles and Earline Baker.

Bill was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Vergennes.

He was a 50-year member of the De Soto Masonic Lodge 287, along with being a member of the Murphysboro Elks and Murphysboro American Legion. He was also a member of the Central Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Bill graduated from SIU Carbondale with a B.S. and M.S. in education. He was a retired teacher from Elverado School District having taught 24 years subjects including science, social studies, health and driver's education. He was a member of Illinois Retired Teachers Association. At Elverado, he also served as athletic director and coached baseball, basketball, football and track. Additionally, Bill had served on the Elverado School District Board. He then served on the John A. Logan College Board from 1984 to 1997.

Bill was a veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Army Security Agency with a lengthy assignment in Japan.

He also worked two years in the Jackson County Circuit Clerks Office as chief deputy circuit clerk in Murphysboro and 14 years as a plant electrician for Consolidated Coal Mine 5 in De Soto. Bill served many years as the Village Clerk in Vergennes, and was the financial secretary of UMWA Local 2216.

Bill was well known as a "Sorghum Maker," a producer of sweet sorghum, one of only a handful remaining in Southern Illinois. He belonged to the National Sweet Sorghum Producers Association for many years. His other interests included gardening, genealogy, and talking to everybody he met.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro, with the Rev's. Angie Baughman and Larry Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in Central Cemetery near De Soto, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 127 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7190, both of Murphysboro; VFW Post 2605 in Carbondale and Jackson County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 69. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are encouraged and may be made to or Faith United Methodist Church. To send a condolence or additional information, visit

Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Mar. 5, 2013
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