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Dale Batterson

A celebration of life for Dale A."Dude" Batterson, 81 of Washington will be held Monday, March 26, 2012 at 2:30PM at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington with Jim Mittler officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors by American Legion Post #29, at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 25 from 3-5PM and Monday with the family present from 12:30PM until the time of the service. A general memorial fund has been established. Dale Batterson died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Univeristy of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics following a brief illness.

Dale Arlin Batterson was born May 18, 1930 in Washington, Iowa the son of Aaron and Alpha (York) Batterson. He graduated from Washington High School and served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Dale was united in marriage to Virginia Waters (Moothart) on April 2, 1960. Dude was a Tool and Dye Maker his entire life and was employed at Washington Manufacturing, Perfex, Crane Company, Victor Plastics, GE and Oral B. He had been a member of the Jaycee's and was currently a member of the Washington American Legion Post #29. Dude enjoyed making model airplanes, refinishing furniture, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and spending time with friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda (Bub) Goodwin and Deb Batterson, step daughters, Connie (Mark) Goodwin, Becky (Jerry) Ridley all of Washington, Nancy (Rick) Anderson and Holly (Charles) Redeau of Portland, Oregon, one step son, John Waters of Lancaster, California, two brothers, Dean (Joy) Batterson and Sam (Frances) Batterson of Washington, 18 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandaughter.

Preceding Dude in death were his parents, stepfather, Les Brecht, his wife Virginia, three brothers, Elmer "Butch", Jim and Don "Jake" Batterson and one sister, Wanda Wilson.

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Dude will always be remembered by me with a great fondness and kindness, he was a very witty gentle hearted man with alot of humor. Thanks for taking me in when I was in high school, I enjoyed being under your roof. Rhonda and Deb you are special to me, the sisters I still claim today. Thanks Deb for the pottery Angel you & your Dad gave to me a couple of Christmas' ago when I was able to make it to Iowa to go see Rhonda & Bub,and you & Dude were there waiting for me with that very "special gift" such love, it still brings tears of comfort to my heart.. It hangs on my wall overlooking all of our pictures, I love it and will always think of Dude and you Deb when I pass by it. I love you guys & ALWAYS will! I pray for you often. Love ya Jeani

Jeani Goodwin Hall Apr 3 2014 12:00 AM

I have decades and decades of the fondest memories of Dude. Last year was the first time he wasn't able to come see me on my trek "home", and I really missed him. He always insisted on treating me to a steak after my Dad, Bill Drake passed. I am so sorry for your loss and he was loved by so many friends in addition to his family. I was one of them. Aloha Dude. Brenda

Brenda (Drake) Matsumura Apr 2 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. Though I'm not in the area anymore I think of alot of the patients I took care of. Dale was a funny man and always had a smile on his face. He will be truly missed. Your family is in my prayers.

Kathy Spellman Mar 27 2012 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about the passing of "Dude". He was a good friend in the past. He will be missed.

Bob and Jeanette Libe Mar 26 2012 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear about Dude. He was such a friendly man who always knew you and had something nice and a lot of funny things to say. I am sure he was a great father and a wonderful stepdad. Are thought and prayers are with your whole family. Nancy Waters and Bill Westphal

Nancy Waters Mar 23 2012 12:00 AM

We love you all. You know you are in our hearts and minds. May God bless and keep you in your grief, and may the found memories replace it soon. Donna, Dan, Stephanie, Danniell, Charles, and Josh

Donna Waddell Mar 23 2012 12:00 AM

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Batterson & Waters families. Dude was a one in a million. The many years I spent in Dude & Virginia's lives has always held a special place in my heart. We had so many great times together & Dude was always the greatest husband, father & friend that a person could have. It has been a true pleasure having known him for so many years. I am so sorry I cannot be with you Monday but please know I am there in spirit. Dude will be missed by all who knew him. Darlene

Darlene Drake & Dean Rilely Mar 23 2012 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family in your time of loss.

David Whittaker Mar 23 2012 12:00 AM

Bob and I were so sorry to hear of "Dude's" passing. Always such a pleasant gentleman to visit with. May your family find strength and comfort through these difficult days.

Annette (Whittaker) Fritz Mar 23 2012 12:00 AM