MEADE Batman, Richard Arthur, lifelong farmer and rancher, entered eternal life Jan. 26, 2014, at 88 years of age. He was born Dec. 30, 1925, in rural Meade County, to parents Arthur William and Leona Mae (Morrison) Batman, the first of two sons. He grew up and attended school in Meade prior to enlisting in the Army
Air Corps in 1943. After the war, he attended Kansas State College before returning to Meade to farm. He always loved to fly, and maintained an airplane and pilot's license for the next 46 years. He married Merle Louise Garten on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949, at Plains, Kan. They made their home on the Crooked L Ranch south of Meade, where they raised their two children. They were lifelong members of the Meade United Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2004; and one brother, Wayne. He is survived by his son, Kim (Michele) Batman of Meade; a daughter, Bonnie Batman Durham of Newton; as well as four grandsons, Adam (Renee) Batman, Brent (Jill) Batman all of Omaha, Neb., Cole Batman of Meade, Kan., and Devin (Jennifer) Batman of Tulsa, Okla.; and three great-grandsons, Wesley, Hugo, and Drew. A family graveside service will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Meade, Kan., at a later date. The family would welcome memorials to the Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.