OBITUARY

Jerome R. Batchelder

September 8, 1931October 2, 2021
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Jerome R “Jerry” Batchelder, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on October 2, 2021. Born on September 8, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Jesse J and Lucile K (nee Kratzman) Batchelder. Jerry was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he was baptized on December 19, 1931, and confirmed his Faith in May, 1940, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. He was a graduate of Central High School, Fort Wayne, proudly served his country in the Air Force, and retired in 1994, from General Electric, after more than 25 years of service. Jerry was also a member of the American Legion Post #499, and the Eagles #8512. After retirement, Jerry loved spending the summers at Coldwater Lake, spending the winters in Arizona, loved to travel, fish, play golf, and to hunt.

He is survived by his wife Norma (nee Secrist) Batchelder; children, Diann (Thomas) Everitt, Debra Ann (Ronnie) Williamson, Rebecca A (Dave) Hohenstein, Gerald M (Karen) Jeffery, Sherry S (Ed) Benevrich, Danny J (Lisa) Batchelder, and Rita R (Bill) Dunten; sisters, Marclyn Filler, and Patricia (Robert) Foote; brothers, Larry Batchelder, John (Carolyn) Batchelder, and Steve Batchelder; as well as 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son, Daniel M Baliles; daughter-in-law, Nancy Batchelder; brother, James B Batchelder; sister-in-law, Patricia Batchelder; and brother-in-law, Arlin Filler; and four grandsons.

Funeral service will be 11:00am, Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with calling one hour prior, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 West California Road, Fort Wayne. Calling will also be held from 4 to 8pm, Monday, October 11, 2021, at the church. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School. Arrangements have been entrusted to D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. For online condolences please visit www.mccombandsons.com

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  • Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School (Vacation Bible School)

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    Monday, October 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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Karen Batchelder

October 11, 2021

When my mom and I played a joke on Uncle Jerry. Purple Gummy worms had just come out and we had put them in the refrigerator. Uncle Jerry was visiting us at the lake and we pulled the gummy worms out of refrigerator to eat. Uncle Jerry thought they were fishing lures and was telling us not to eat them. He didn’t know they were gummy worms.

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Biography

Jerome R “Jerry” Batchelder, 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away on October 2, 2021. Born on September 8, 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of the late Jesse J and Lucile K (nee Kratzman) Batchelder. Jerry was a member of Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, he was baptized on December 19, 1931, and confirmed his Faith in May, 1940, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Fort Wayne. He was a graduate of Central High School, Fort Wayne, proudly served his country in the Air Force, and retired in 1994, from General Electric, after more than 25 years of service. Jerry was also a member of the American Legion Post #499, and the Eagles #8512. After retirement, Jerry loved spending the summers at Coldwater Lake, spending the winters in Arizona, loved to travel, fish, play golf, and to hunt.

He is survived by his wife Norma (nee Secrist) Batchelder; children, Diann (Thomas) Everitt, Debra Ann (Ronnie) Williamson, Rebecca A (Dave) Hohenstein, Gerald M (Karen) Jeffery, Sherry S (Ed) Benevrich, Danny J (Lisa) Batchelder, and Rita R (Bill) Dunten; sisters, Marclyn Filler, and Patricia (Robert) Foote; brothers, Larry Batchelder, John (Carolyn) Batchelder, and Steve Batchelder; as well as 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son, Daniel M Baliles; daughter-in-law, Nancy Batchelder; brother, James B Batchelder; sister-in-law, Patricia Batchelder; and brother-in-law, Arlin Filler; and four grandsons.

Funeral service will be 11:00am, Tuesday, October 12, 2021, with calling one hour prior, at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 West California Road, Fort Wayne. Calling will also be held from 4 to 8pm, Monday, October 11, 2021, at the church. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School. Arrangements have been entrusted to D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. For online condolences please visit www.mccombandsons.com