|Birth: ||Jun. 22, 1925|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 2009|
Conrad Eugene Bateman, 84, of Kennewick, died peacefully after an extended illness at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland on Thursday, December 10, 2009.
Conrad was born in Pasco, WA, on June 22, 1925, to Wallace and Eliza (Taylor) Bateman. Conrad grew up on the 'River Road' in Kennewick (now known as Columbia Park) on the family farm. Over time, the farm grew to include Bateman Island, where the family raised turkeys (lots and lots of turkeys) and wheat land acreage in the Horse Heaven Hills.
Conrad graduated from Kennewick High School in 1943. He had a passion for airplanes and flying and obtained his pilot's license in his early 20s. Although he was unable to serve in World War II because of the 'brother' law, he was proud of his dog's service in the U.S. Army K-9 Corps.
Conrad married Rose Fallgren, originally from Almont, ND, in March of 1947. They made their first home on Bateman Island at the 'Y' and had one daughter. After the floods of 1948 and 1949, the family moved to a few places until they permanently settled in the Kennewick Highlands, adding three more daughters to the family. Conrad lived there in the family home the rest of his life.
Conrad was a lifelong wheat farmer, remaining active in the family business well into retirement. He and Rose were active in the First Lutheran Church of Kennewick, especially during the earlier years of their family.
His travels included: Many trips to North Dakota; Hawaii/Maui; all the western states; road trip from here to New Orleans, LA, with family stops in between; Mexico; Canada; Alaska (to Anchorage via Al-Can Highway after it was built); Prudhoe Bay (North Slope); and many gambling spots.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Eliza; wife Rose; daughter Jackie; sister Vernita; and brother Wendell. He is survived by daughters: Connie (Chuck) Morby of Kennewick; Kathy Bateman of Kennewick; Diane Bateman (Rudy Cortez) of Bellingham; grandchildren: Chad (Wendy) Morby, Dan (Amy) Morby, Matthew (Rachel) Morby, Jennifer (Levi) Woods, Mike Morby, all of Kennewick; Taylor Bateman of Seattle; Chris Bateman of Gig Harbor; Robby Cortez of Orlando, FL; and Sophie Cortez of Bellingham; nine great-grandchildren plus one on the way.
Services will be held at the First Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19 (Yelm and Highway 395). Memorials or donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation , American Diabetes Association , American Cancer Society , and/or American Heart Association .
Tri-City Herald, December 16, 2009
Rose A Fallgren Bateman (1926 - 1988)
Jacqueline Marie Bateman (1950 - 2007)*
Katherine Sue Bateman (1953 - 2012)*
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Created by: Della Meize
Record added: Oct 27, 2012
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