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Robert S. "Bob" Batte


1930 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Robert "Bob" S. Batte age 81, died Feb. 28, 2012, at the Golden Age Nursing Center in Dublin, Texas, after suffering many years with cancer and heart disease.
Bob was born July 15, 1930 in O'Donnell, Texas, but was raised in Otero County, living many years in Alamogordo before moving back to Texas in the 1960s. He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Gladys V. Batte; two brothers, James E. "Cotton" Batte Jr., Clyde Batte, and eldest daughter Mickie Sue Benson.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary "Kat" Carr-Batte of Hico, Texas; two sisters, Gladys Pierson of Huntsville, Ala., and Barnie Jo Elder of Albuquerque; six children: Robert A. Batte of Prospect, Ore.; Cora L. Batte-Garcia of Albuquerque; Robin V. McDowell of Alamogordo; Larry E. Batte of Manitou Springs, Colo.; Ruby E. Oliver of Rio Rancho; Tommie L. Pike of Jacksonville, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Bob served in the Army during the Korean War, stationed in Camp Rucker, Ala. and Germany, where he served until his discharge. While stationed in Alabama he married his first wife, Ruby B. Daugherty of Alamogordo. They had six children. In 1965, Bob and Ruby divorced. Bob remained in Texas and Ruby moved the kids home to New Mexico. On June 13, 1966, Bob married his second wife, Mary "Kat" Carr. They had one daughter.
Bob was known for his strong work ethic. After his father broke his back in a fall from an apple tree, Bob quit school in 8th grade to help support the family. Although he lacked a formal education, he had a quick intelligence and an aptitude for mechanics. He began his career in construction working for Thygeson-Llewellyn in Alamogordo and later spent 33 years working for H.B. Zachry Construction, out of San Antonio, Texas. He worked numerous locations in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas, moving his family as the circumstances warranted.
When Bob retired, it was to East Texas where he raised cattle, horses and herding dogs. He loved his animals, fishing, barbecuing, and visiting with family and the many friends he made over the years. He was an honest, forthright, hard working man who did his best to provide for his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were conducted March 3rd, at Riley Funeral Home in Hamilton, Texas with interment at the Black Cemetery near Hico.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 18 to Apr. 17, 2012
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