OBITUARY

Robert L Bateman

August 12, 1926May 14, 2020

Robert L (Bob) Bateman of Sarasota, Fl passed after a short illness May 14, 2020. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 P. M. Sunday May 17, 2020 at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave. Sarasota with private burial to follow in Palms Memorial Park. In consideration of the current public health concerns the service will be live-streamed on facebook.

Born August 12, 1926, in Logan, Ohio, Bob was the eldest son of Robert W. and Gladys (Higgins) Bateman. Bob graduated Logan High School in 1944 and was later that year married to his high school sweetheart JoAnne Adcock. A member of what has been called “the Greatest Generation” Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in the last years of WWII where he served as a gyro compass operator and was awarded American Theater and Victory Medals for his service in and around the United States, mustering out of service May 1946. Bob and JoAnne had started there family and by December of 46’ welcomed their first child into the world. They went on to have four children in Logan, OH. Bob worked a succession of jobs in and around Hocking County, Ohio until gaining employment at North American Aviation, in Columbus, OH specializing in military aircraft. He soon became involved in the UAW local there and by 1962 had been elected to the presidency of his local of some 7000 workers. Bob and JoAnne had, by this time, moved to Columbus, OH where Jo Anne was a homemaker and Bob was offered a position as Organizing Representative with UAW International Union. He was a UAW organizer for the rest of his working career, always thinking about and helping those with less. He taught us all to be good to everyone. “He was the type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back, if you needed it.” Bob and JoAnne retired to Sarasota in 1987 where they enjoyed their “golden years” right next door to beloved family, Aunt Lee and Uncle Dick. They often formed up their little RV convoy and toured the United States. They eventually visited all 49 of the continental United States. In later years He took charge of the loving care for JoAnne whose years of asthma had left her debilitated until her eventual passing in 2010. Robert Bateman is survived by; his four children, Kathy Boley, Robert B. Bateman, Vaughn (Judy) Bateman and Kurt (Susie) Bateman; sister-in-law Martha (Floyd) Gibbs, grandchildren Todd Boley, Tricia Boley, Adrian Bateman, Christine (Kevin) Patteri, Sean (Amy) Bateman, Ian Bateman and Russell Bateman; six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be livestreamed on Sunday May 17th at 7pm on Robert Toale & sons Funereal Home Facebook page URL is https://www.facebook.com/RobertToaleAndSons/

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 17, 2020

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Phil Ennis

May 18, 2020

I mostly remember Kurts’ dad hanging out in the RV parked next to the house at the river. I enjoyed talking with he and JoAnne when they were visiting. Bob was laid back with a great sense of humor. I am glad Kurt and Susie could be there for him.

Elizabeth Taylor

May 18, 2020

Kurt, just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family during this sad time. I know you will take comfort in all you did for him. Keeping you in my prayers. Liz

UAW Local 969 Retiree Chapter

May 18, 2020

Kurt, UAW Local 969 Retiree Chapter sends our deepest sympathy at the passing of your Father. Our membership will be keeping you and your family in our hearts and prayers.

Kathy Boley

May 16, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of my father. He was only 20 years old when I was born; wise beyond his years.

However, the memory that stands out in my mind the most is the loving care he gave to Mother. He took care of her at home for 9 years, only admitting her to a nursing facility the last 10 months of her life (after she became so incapacitated she needed to be lifted and carried). Even then, he was at her side every day, usually at mealtime twice a day. He wanted to make certain she was fed and taken care of.
They were high school sweat hearts , married 65 years. My only comfort in losing him is that they are together again, as it should be.

Mona Mitchell

May 16, 2020

Although I didn't know Bob, I know Kurt and what a GREAT guy he is so good job Bob, good job. So sorry for your loss Kurt & Susie. Glad you could be there for him for the time you were. Take care. Love you, Mona & Steve

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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