James R. Batt
1952 - 2020
James R. Batt

Milwaukee - James Richard Batt, age 67, passed away on September 13, 2020. Jim was born on October 5, 1952, in Milwaukee, the beloved son of Lester J. and Gladys E. Batt (Risberg). He is now reunited with them in heaven.

Jim, a child of God, was baptized and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He was a 1970 graduate of Washington High School and lived in the Milwaukee area his entire life. At a young age, Jim developed an interest in cars, undoubtedly from going to the Auto Show every year with his father. Jim could identify automobile makes, models and ages, on sight. He was mechanically inclined and adept at repairing everything on cars from changing oil to fixing brakes to body work. He also enjoyed driving vehicles and was always mindful of safety.

Jim was a very private person and intensely independent. He was always willing to help anyone, including moving another's belongings, mowing grass, repairing autos and opening his home to friends and those in need. Jim had no interest in fashion or technology, but he loved the outdoors, cook outs, the State Fair, dining out and all sports, especially playing golf and watching the Brewers and Packers.

Jim retired after many years with the Milwaukee County Transit System. In retirement, he enjoyed investing in the stock market and meeting all the challenges of home ownership. Jim always found time for family and friends who will miss him immensely.

Jim is survived by his sister, Mary Batt, brother Douglas E. Batt, aunts, cousins and many friends, who will cherish his memory. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Due to Covid-19, private services were held. A celebration of Jim's life will be held when it is safe. Jim will be laid to rest next to his parents, Lester J. and Gladys E. Batt, at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Milwaukee. Online condolences may be shared at cremationsocietyofmilwaukee.com.

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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Mary Batt
April 9, 2021
Mary Batt
April 9, 2021
Mary Batt
April 9, 2021
James, you loved and were loved. Mom always said you were a beautiful baby, very attractive child and a handsome man. She was right! We had so much fun as children. We enjoyed annual summer vacations in a cabin "up North" so mom could visit with her family. We swam and fished in Grenquist Lake, (named after our great grandparents), drank clean water we pumped from a well, and gathered berries in the fields. We loved it! I will never forget our two big vacations. One year dad drove us to San Francisco to visit Aunt Ruth. We saw so many sights along the way! The petrified forest (I still use the souvenir key chain that Dad bought for each of us); Disneyland (what a thrill!), the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore and San Francisco . We even got to Oregon to visit Mom's niece, and our cousin, Eleanore! (Aunt Ruth persuaded Dad to go home the long way so Mom could visit her niece and family too). Another summer, Dad drove us to Montreal for the EXPO. We saw Niagara Falls, Gettysburg and the Ford Museum too on our journey. What fun! Dad was always a safe and careful driver, just like you. At home, we rode our bikes until the street lights came on, played softball (under Dad's tutelage), and collected volumes of baseball cards that Mom later gave away, (much to our dismay and regret). Jim, you were a kind, considerate and caring brother with a big heart. Douglas and I will always treasure our conversations, friendship and memories. The holidays, especially, will not be the same without you. Nothing will. Until we meet again, please greet and say "Hi" to our Grandparents, Mom and Dad, Blenda, Ruth, Johnny, Marvin, Harold, Kelly and all the relatives we never got to know. James, we will never forget you!
Mary Batt
April 9, 2021
Very sorry for your loss. I was a fellow High School Classmate of James. May he Rest In Peace
Donald Green
April 5, 2021
I remember my cousin Jim as a quiet guy .we didn't see a lot of each other .I lived in kenosha and didn't go to Milwaukee a lot back then . His dad uncle Lester and Jim used to stop in and see us when they were coming home from there yearly trip to the Indianapolis 500 race on memorial day . Sad to see he has passed away . He was a good. Kind hardworking person
Brian Batt
April 3, 2021