John “Archie” Bateman, 96, of Washington, passed away from this life to join friends, family, and his Heavenly Father for eternity in paradise on Thursday.
Archie was born July 21, 1917, in Daviess County. He graduated from Washington High School in 1935 and lived nearly all of his 96 years in or near Washington. He spent the last 74 years with his devoted wife Dorothy, who was by his side through sickness and health.
Archie and Dorothy have been faithful members of Bethel North United Methodist Church and helped organize the annual “Smorgasbord Dinner” for several years. You could count on a fine meal complete with blackberry cobbler if the Batemans were involved.
Archie was a farmer and raised everything from hogs to chickens and turkeys. Late in his farming career, he even took a turn at raising rabbits. Archie enjoyed several pastimes including gardening, cutting firewood, and fishing. He and Dorothy probably caught more bluegill from Eastside Park and Dogwood Lake in the 1980s and 90s than any other duo in the county. Archie believed in staying active. Whether fishing, tinkering in his garage, tending his blackberries, or attending Sunday School, he was always busy. Archie will forever be remembered for his cheerful demeanor and fun loving personality. He always lit up when his grandkids or great-grandkids were around.
Archie is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy (Wainman) Bateman; a daughter, Judy Eaton of Edinburgh; a daughter-in-law, Judy Whiting (Dick) of Chandler; grandson, Nathan Eaton (Anna) of Columbus; granddaughter, Tracy Cron (Wendell) of Chandler; grandson, Brent Bateman (Barbie) of St. Louis. Archie leaves seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Bateman; a grandson, Chris Eaton; his parents, Willard and Margaret Bateman; four sisters, Irene, Julia, Darlene, and Arlene; and four brothers, Edgar, William, Graham, and Herman.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gill Funeral Home in Washington. Funeral will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with visitation an hour before the service. Burial will be at Sugarland Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to North Bethel United Methodist Church in Washington.