James A. Batten, Whitewater, WI (1943 - 2014)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

August 27, 1943 - February 16, 2014

James A. Batten, 70, of Whitewater, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday Feb. 16, 2014. James was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Harold and Ruth Batten. James retired from Valspar Paint after 32 years on 2/28/06. He was united in marriage to Janice (Erickson) Batten on July 6, 1962 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mpls, MN. They were married 51 years and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a sports enthusiast with a deep passion for golf, wood working and military history.

James is survived by his wife, Janice, the love of his life; and his children: Scott (Anita) Batten, Wendy Batten, and Jaime (Greg) Goelz. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren: Jennifer, Kylee, Ainsley, Kyan and one more soon to be born. James is also survived by his sister, Janice (Batten) Murphy; sisters-in-law, Judy Erickson and Jeanne (Paul) Peterson, all of Mpls, MN, nephews: Jeff (Michele) Murphy, Jay Murphy, Dan (Midori) Batten, Jeff (Cathy) Peterson; and niece, Jennifer (Joe) Ott. James was predeceased by his parents; brother, John Batten; and brother-in-law, Dennis Murphy.

A celebration of James' life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 2014, at FIRST ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH in Whitewater, WI, with Pastors Gerald Wendt and Steve Hanson officiating. Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. with the service to follow at 11 am. Luncheon will be served. Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater, assisted the family with arrangements. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater. www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

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