Robert "Bob"-Bateman-Obituary

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Robert "Bob" Alden Bateman

Sep 25, 1936 - May 21, 2019

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Dear Fran:
We just returned from a trip to Spain to find out about the death of Bob. We are so sorry for you and all the loved ones to have lost one of the nicest people I have ever known. I am so happy that I was able to see him during my trip back to the Midwest just one month before he died. It was always a pleasure to visit with him because of his sincere and positive attitude. It is comforting to know where he is today because of his strong faith. Peace be with you and the...

Dear Fran,
Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Bob was a great guy. My prayers are with all of you.
In Christ, Laura Drake

My deepest Sympathy to the family and friends of Bob. He was one of the greatest persons I had a chance to know. He always had a positive outlook on life and had this smirky mile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I enjoyed his company when we were together in Florida.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Bob was such a blessing to our Grace church family! We will miss him so much. Fran, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord give you peace.

Dear Fran, I was so sorry to read about Bob's passing today. I was just thinking about him with all the retirements coming up. Retirement parties and art fairs were the places we connected in the past few years. I have so many fun memories of our Hintgen days. The funniest was when I tried to prank him back for always pulling my hair. I got behind him in the lunch line and grabbed him to give him a scare. Unfortunately for me, it was a parent and not Bob. We laughed about that for...

Fran...we were so saddened to learn of the passing of your husband, Bob. May God's peace surround you during this time and in the days and weeks to follow.

We are saddened to hear of Bob's death. You have been good and faithful friends for so many years. He is much loved; he made the world a better place.

Fran and family, you are in our prayers and thoughts.


Robert "Bob"'s Obituary

Robert “Bob” Alden Bateman, 82, of La Crosse, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born on September 25, 1936 in Nodine, MN to Les and Freida (Brose) Bateman. Bob grew up in Nodine and graduated from Winona High School. He served with the United States Marine Corps, and received his bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and his Masters from Western Michigan University. He married Frances Wolff on August 5, 1961 in Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. Bob taught for 38 years in Michigan and in La Crosse, mainly at Hintgen Elementary School. Bob was an active member of Grace Ev. Lutheran Church where he was a member of the church council and an usher. Bob’s family was his first priority and he enjoyed family camping trips and camping with his college friends and their families. He also enjoyed yardwork, golf, traveling, coaching basketball, the Vikings and Twins, and Loggers games.

     He is survived by his wife Fran, three children, Mark (Tracie) Bateman, Bobby Bateman, and Cindy (Brian) Collins, four grandchildren, Mason and Acacia Bateman and Zach and Megan Collins, a sister Audrey Bateman, and a nephew Aaron (Debra) Radtke. He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and father-in-law, and a brother Wayne.

     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Grace Ev. Lutheran Church. Pastor Jonathan Rimmert will officiate. Private family burial will be held in the Hiler Cemetery, Nodine, MN. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 AM until the time of services. Memorials may be given to Grace Ev. Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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