William "Bill" Batchelder passed away peacefully at his Belgrade home on Sept. 29, 2009. He was born Feb. 14, 1919, at the family home in Livingston, to Leslie and Rosina (Roth) Batchelder. He was the fifth of seven children.
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He married Frances Weaver on Nov. 3, 1957, in Bozeman.
Bill left home at the early age of 9 and worked as a sheepherder. He worked various other jobs including running a trap line, farming, in meat shops, and owned his own ice business for a time. For 43 years, he worked as a section foreman for the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads. He retired in 1980.
His hobbies included making great wine, the best salami, and meat processing. He loved to hunt, fish and camp. He played the accordion and loved to dance. He could fix anything, make a great pie, and was a master gardener. He loved and enjoyed his family, his wife, children and grandchildren.
Bill was in the Army during World War II and served with an artillery unit as a pack master. He belonged to the Belgrade and Bozeman senior centers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Rubin and Edwin Batchelder; and sisters, Rose Jones, Connie Peterson, and Freida Widaman.
Bill is survived by Frances, his wife of 52 years; his children, Billie Dee Claude, Bob (Linda) Batchelder, and Connie (Jerry) McGuire; grandchildren, Kevin and Craig Claude, Margo Batchelder, Lisa William, and Kalie and Megan McGuire. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and his youngest brother, John Hochmuht (Judy).
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Grace Bible Church, 3625 S. 19th Ave. Interment will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to the Belgrade Senior Center, the Bozeman Senior Center, Springhill Presbyterian Church, or to the Gallatin Historical Society.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2009