Robert Lee Batey

July 28, 1922February 3, 2013

Robert Lee Batey Jr. was born July 28, 1922, in Hoyt, Milam County, Texas to parents Robert L. Sr. and Leona Pearl Baldwin Batey. He attended school in Hoyt, Milano, and Austin, Texas. The course of Robert's life was set early. Even as a young teenager he was shouldering the responsibility of a man in farm and ranch life. That responsibility is the most memorable thing to his siblings as Robert was like an additional father.

He joined the United States Army Air Corps early in World War II and served throughout the war. His last service was in the Southwest Pacific where he proudly served until final victory.

His first step on returning home was to marry his beautiful wife Helen, on August 18, 1945. They spent sixty-five years devoted to each other.

After his discharge he was employed by the University of Texas in the Defense Research Laboratory (later Applied Research Laboratory). He thrived in his work and spent his entire career there. He eventually became Head of Operations at the Lake Travis Test Station. His was a happy employment and he had a great respect and affection for his colleagues. In his retirement Robert returned to his first loves of hunting, fishing and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Helen and his sister.

He is survived by two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss him dearly. The family wishes to thank the staffs at Southern Hospitality Home and Odyssey Hospice Care for their loving care of Robert during his final days.

A graveside service will be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 6th of February 2013, at Austin Memorial Park under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Robert Lee Batey

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Col George O Lewis, USAF (Ret)

February 9, 2013

Thank you, Bob, for your service to our country.

February 6, 2013

We love Robert! He was a great neighbor and he always had time to talk to us about his projects or his interests. We miss him and wish his family well during this time of transition.

Betty Korts

February 6, 2013

Bob and I were coworkers at Applied Research Labs for over 25 years. He was a good, loyal friend and a great mentor to me, always willing to explain technical matters to me when I would ask. I always felt it helped me be a better administrative support person if I understood the research side of our efforts. I, my husband, and two sons spent many fun filled hours at his and Helen's fishing camp at Fentress on the San Marcos river. I know he will be missed by his family and his many friends.

February 5, 2013

Robert was a wonderful caring gentelman. He was a Man's Man. He will be missed by many. Loved to listen to all his stories from his childhood to now. He had a wonderful wife, Helen! He was a great outdoors man. Loved his fishing and hunting. I am proud to have known him for over 50 years.

Gary D. Fender