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Robert Lee Bateman

Robert Lee Bateman was born on December 14, 1938 in Union City, Ohio to Ralph Thomas Bateman and Ruby Schrader Bateman. Bob passed away peacefully on August 31, 2016.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Barbara (Roberts) Bateman, his children: James Bateman, Marilyn (Randy) Ziemba, Michael (Janyce) Bateman, and his grandchildren: Abbey Loy, Alyssa Ziemba, Kali and Tristen Bateman.  Preceded in death by Ruby Schrader Bateman, Ralph Bateman and John Thomas Bateman.   Bob was a loving husband, great father and proud grandfather who enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his grandchildren.  Bob was always so full of life, was open to new experiences and loved to travel. He had a huge heart and was always willing to help others who needed it the most.  He was a self-employed mechanic and was the owner of Bateman’s garage.  He was a member of the Eagles, Couples Euchre for 49 years and the Wednesday Night Council Meeting.  He enjoyed working on cars and always found a way to overcome the many challenges of his profession.  His garage always had an open door and he truly enjoyed those who would stop by just to chat.  Bob will always be remembered for his adventurous spirit and kind heart.  His passing will have a long lasting effect on his family, friends and his community.  Services will be Saturday September 3rd at 2:00 PM at Reichard Funeral Home at 400 West Deerfield Road Union City Ohio.  Friends may call from 11:30 AM until time of the services at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Greenville Union Cemetery.  Memorial contributions will be made to Union City Ohio Fire and Rescue Squad, HOSPICE of Darke County or the Donors choice with envelopes at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be made at reichardfh@hotmail.com.  

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Barb and family, It was with much sadness I learned of Bob's passing last night. Bob was one of those great guys that I was lucky to call my friend for 50 years. I remember all the good times that were shared in that old garage. His humor seemed to be boundless,remember the nicknames he had for just about everyone who hung out there or lived in the neighborhood? Dirty Bert, Meat-hook, The Deputy, The Harlot, Dirty Gertie, Allentown and a host of others. That is just one of many memories of Bob. He will be missed by all who knew him. May my prayers be with you and God bless you all.

Herb Hoening Sep 7 2016 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Bob was our mechanic, but so much more than that he was our friend. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Lowell and Agnes Hawkins Sep 4 2016 12:00 AM

Barb and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this
difficult time. Roger and Lisa Brooks

Lisa Brooks Sep 2 2016 12:00 AM

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Cindy Young and family.

Bob's warmth and laughter at family gatherings leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared these times with Bob. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for your family. With heartfelt sympathy, Cindy Young and family and Agnes Ziemba

Cindy Young Sep 2 2016 12:00 AM

Jim, my deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Sarah Sep 2 2016 12:00 AM


I am sorry to hear of your father's passing.  Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


Kelley McClanahan Sep 2 2016 12:00 AM

Barbara and family, may you find peace in your loving memories.

Rae Jean Nieland Sep 2 2016 12:00 AM