Barry Lee Batten (Papa), passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, surrounded by his loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 18, 1952, in Whitefish, to the late Keith and Gwendolyn (Wied) Batten.
As a child he grew up hunting, fishing and exploring in his beloved Rocky Mountains. He graduated from Lincoln County High School in Eureka in 1971. He served his country as a military policeman in the Army stationed in Germany from 1972 to 1975.
He married Geraldine Breseman on April 29, 1978, in Blaine, Wis., where they lived and raised three children. He was a safe and dedicated driver for H.O. Wolding for 27 years.
He always had a deep passion for the outdoors and he loved camping, deer hunting, fishing, gardening and bird watching. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, especially his dear grandson Aiden, who brought him endless laughs and joys.
He will be remembered for his kind, gentle nature, zany sense of humor and his passion for life.
He is survived by his loving wife Geraldine and children: Jasmine Batten and Chad Courtney of Blaine; Dustin Batten and Suzy Bickler of Madison; and Brittany Batten of Sun Prairie; his pride and joy grandson Aiden Moe; brothers: Dan and Sandra Batten of El Paso, Texas; and Doug and Carol Batten of Enterprise, Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other loving family members and friends and special pets Maisy and Pretty Kitty.
A memorial service was held at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, Wis.. Sunday Dec. 30, with the Rev. Eugene Gauerke officiating. Military honors were observed following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in memory of Barry L. Batten.
Barry’s family would like to thank the many friends and family who supported them throughout this journey and the outstanding health care provided by his many doctors and special nurses, in addition to the Palliative Care staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.