Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home

552 East River Road, Anoka, MN


David Dale Batters

February 7, 1959July 10, 2020

David "Dave" Batters 61, of Anoka passed away July 10, 2020. Dave was born the fourth of seven sons to Ralph and Elizabeth(Betty) Batters on February 7, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN. Dave was a lifelong resident of Anoka and a friend to many, many people in the Anoka community. Dave was a lifelong Golden Gopher fan. His happy-go-lucky demeanor endeared him to all he met. In his younger years he was very active playing and umpiring softball, coaching youth football, and participating in other sports related activities. His 1991 football team, the Ramsey Rebels won the ARAA (Anoka Ramsey Athletic Association) championship under his direction.

Dave will be dearly missed by four brothers, Thomas (Laurie), Daniel (Crystal), Paul and Patrick (Tina) Batters; aunts and uncles; cousins; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elizabeth (Betty) Batters, brothers, Doug Batters and James (Jimbo) Batters.

A memorial service will be held at the Anoka American Legion, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 beginning at 5pm. Please come and share a memory with the family, stay as little or as long as you are comfortable in this Covid world we live in.


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020


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Wayne Giddings

July 21, 2020

Dave taught me the importance about knowing where the ball is when leading off base in baseball one time when I was leading off 2nd base and he had the ball hid in his glove and he tagged me out at Rudy Johnson Park AKA North street .😂. RIP DAVE you will be missed!

Deborah Boileau

July 21, 2020

Sorry for your loss Paul and family. I have fond memories of him.

Dan Greer

July 21, 2020

Dave was always ready with a smile and a handshake, sorry for you’re loss Paul,
I know he will be missed.....

Linda Menzel

July 19, 2020

Just wanted to say so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are sad for all of you.

Kathy Snell

July 17, 2020

Dave was such a special guy; kindhearted & funloving. Over the years he was always that guy that entertained the kids during softball games (how many candy wrappers can you fit in your bellybutton 😂) and coaching football. We have such fond memories of Dave over many, many years. RIP Dave 🙏

Jon Boshea

July 16, 2020

Big Dave! A great guy and always a smile and some humor. The Batters are definitely a big part of the Anoka family and Dave will be sorely missed.
The Batters family has been a friend to the Bosheas for years. From Jimbo to Dave and Paul we have been friends, schoolmates, social aquaintences(drinking buddies) to helping out my mom and dad on their house. Thanks for the memories buddy!
Rest in Peace Dave. Godspeed.

Tina Beyer

July 16, 2020

I loved Dave like a brother, he was the kindest man I’ve ever met and I will miss him every day until we meet again. Still waiting to have that talk he promised me ‘someday’, I’m sure there will be a line! Fly high my sweet friend, you were loved by many, the best of the best!


Samantha Dewes

July 16, 2020

Davey was such a sweet man. Working with him every morning was a joy. He always helped me, always made me laugh, and just would be an ear to listen to anything I needed to vent about. One day serums was getting new cement out front and Dave runs in and says SAM QUICK! We ran out front and he goes HURRY WRITE YOUR NAME IN THE CEMENT! So I did! I hope it’s still there. love you Davey and I am so sorry I wasn’t there the last few years for you. You were an amazing man!

Tracy Dooley

July 16, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family & friends. I adored Dave’s quirky sense of humor, I don’t think anyone ever made me laugh harder. So many memories of great times spent with Dave. Hearshman’s cabin, softball games & tourneys, agate picking, camping, Apple River, horseshoes, North Street & Hawks parties, golfing, berry picking for daiquiris, St. Patrick’s Days, sledding, hockey games and so many more I could write a book. Those were the carefree days that were short of adult responsibilities and we partied like rockstars, having more fun than people should have, legally or otherwise. A kinder or more caring man you will never find. He had such a positive outlook on everything. It was difficult and heartbreaking to see the toll diabetes was taking on his body and spirit. You are free now Davey, you can do what you want, any old time. Until we meet again...I just know it will be another “bestest day ever!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6InAX5IAQM

Thomas Bashaw

July 16, 2020

As many of you are aware, Dave was the president of the Procrastinators Club, Serums chapter. I’m surprised that he actually passed. I was expecting he would put it off until tomorrow or perhaps next week or next month or next year. That was Dave’s nature, everything in good time. As one of the many honorary vice-presidents, I will break Club rules and miss him now. And tomorrow, next week, month......