Lyle Bateman
Lyle Bateman
Lyle R. Bateman died on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, from complications of cancer at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where he had been a patient for two days.

Lyle Russell Bateman was born March 19, 1923, in rural Mower County, Minn., to Howard and Gertrude (Louks) Bateman. He grew up on the family farm, attended rural schools and moved with his family to Spring Valley where he graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941. Lyle enlisted into the Merchant Marine serving overseas during World War II in Australia. Following his discharge in 1945 he returned to the Spring Valley area and joined the Rochester Fire Department.

Lyle was married on Aug. 5, 1954, at East St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Rock Dell, Minn., to Marion E. Bale. Following their marriage the couple lived in Rochester and then rural Rochester for a number of years. He was a firefighter in Rochester for 28 years until his retirement in 1979. He then co-owned a fence installation business, which he helped operate for a few years. Lyle was a service coordinator for 3M Mining Co. in its Rochester office for a number of years. The Batemans moved to Stewartville in 1999 where they have continued to make their home. Lyle was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed mowing and caring for his yard and also mowed and was caretaker for the Bateman Cemetery in rural Spring Valley. He was a good athlete in high school and enjoyed golfing, bowling, following the Twins and Vikings, collected LP and 45 records and enjoyed horseback riding with Marion when they lived in rural Rochester. Lyle loved time spent with family, especially his grandson and great-grandchildren.

Lyle is survived by his wife, Marion; a grandson, Phillip (Juanita); and great-grandsons, Ashton and Devon of rural Byron, Minn. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; his parents; three sisters and a brother.

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial was in the Frankford Cemetery in rural Spring Valley.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. www.griffin-gray.com.