Carl Wayne Bateman

September 27, 1935April 24, 2019

Carl Wayne Bateman, age 83, of Kimball, Nebraska went home to be with the Lord and the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann (Betty) on April 24, 2019. Memorial services for Carl will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Kimball Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Hod Boltjes officiating. Inurnment will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may visit to view Carl’s Tribute Wall and leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given in Carl’s memory to the Kimball Hospital Foundation at 505 South Burg Street, Kimball, Nebraska 69145 ( email:; call (308) 235-1967 or visit to donate online.) The services for Carl have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

He was born September 27, 1935 in Edson, Kansas to John Henry and Doris Louise (Elliott) Bateman. He graduated from Edson schools and worked at a nursery/greenhouse and as a milk delivery driver prior to working for the OK Tire and Rubber Company in Goodland, KS. He was offered a transfer to manage the OK Tire Store in Kimball NE and after visiting, he stated “That’s probably the last place on earth I would like to live” but after falling in love with the community, he made Kimball his home for 50+ years.

He married Elizabeth Ann Reid on September 23, 1956 in Goodland Kansas. They raised their family of 6 children and were very involved in the community. After owning and operating his tire store for over 40 years, he and Betty retired in time to enjoy spending time with family, taking vacations and cruises and spending time in each other’s company.

He was very active in his church as a deacon, worship leader and Sunday school teacher for many, many years. He enjoyed gardening, antiquing, garage sales and auctions. He was a member of the Lions club for many years and served as president for 2 years.

Carl is survived by his children: Roxann (Bateman) and James Watkins, Brookings, SD; Randall and Kathlene Bateman, Lincoln, NE; Christine (Bateman) and Kevin Bradbury, Greeley, CO; Carlene (Bateman) and Kent Roberts, Medellin, Columbia, South America; Daniel and Laura Bateman and Kara (Bateman) and Steve Schadegg, Holdrege, NE. Grandchildren; Jennifer Watkins, Jordan Watkins, Matthew Watkins, Tyler Watkins, Ryan Bateman, Casey Bateman, Shane Bateman, Samuel Bradbury, Tanner Roberts, Cort Roberts, Stephen Bateman, Sarinda Bateman, Cory Koetter, Shelby Koetter and Mathew Schadegg. As well as, 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, F. Louise (Bateman) Barnes, Austin, MN.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Betty, his parents Henry and Doris Bateman and his brother John L. Bateman.


  • Jennifer Watkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jordan Watkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Watkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tyler Watkins, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ryan bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Casey Bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shane Bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tanner Roberts, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cort Roberts, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Samuel Bradbury, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stephen Bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sarinda Bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cory Bateman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shelby Koetter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Schadegg, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 29, 2019


Carl Wayne Bateman

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F .Louise Barnes

April 29, 2019

Dear family,
I know we have sent our thoughts by facebook, and through Amy and Brian; but just want you to know we are lifting all of you to the heavenly father today. It is hard not being there. We are sorry to have been unable to come. Memories have been screening across my brain of times when Carl was at his best. After leaving home, both of us, the times of togetherness have been few and far between--Christmas Eve with Uncle Charlie's family; summer vacations, quick week ends, but always the connection. We are sorry the last number of years were so difficult, but praise God that has all ended now I remember how Carl loved his horse, King and the enjoyment he had riding him. I remember cook outs in the back yard when Daddy would fry burgers and we would lie on blankets underneath the stars. I remember Summer evenings when we would drive to town for a movie then stop at the DQ -- sharing the chores, shocking feed, feeding chickens, playing in the cow tank on hot summer days, -- scared of the coyotes when we would have to close up the chicken house at night, -- playing in the milo bin and letting the cold milo bury your legs as it ran down hill. --making ice cream with the crank freezer after we had carried ice home from town. And on and on. We will miss him. Love to all of you.

Cathy Ochsner

April 28, 2019

To the Carl Bateman Family,
I wanted to express my sympathy to everyone at the loss of your dad. I remember both your mom and dad from when I taught at Kimball. I always appreciated their support of you (their children) and the school activities and especially FHA (now FCCLA). I have lost touch with what all of you are doing and where you are at, but wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. The picture you chose for the obituary is the exact expression I always remember him having.
I know you are all sharing many great memories of him and also know your faith will help you deal with this difficult loss. Take care and HUGS from me and my husband Jim.
Cathy (Carter) and Jim Ochsner
Ogallala, Nebraska

Shelly Dennis

April 28, 2019

Carl..I took care of you at the Manor and I loved every minute of made me smile and laugh..and brighten my darkest days..Everyday I would ask you How are you and you would say I think I'm going to be unreasonable today and then we would both laugh...Rest in Heaven my friend..I will miss you very much