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. Read More