GRANVILLE — Donald R. Bateman, 91, passed away Dec. 12, 2013, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center, of Hospice of Central Ohio, Newark. He was born in Mount Vernon on March 22, 1922, to the late John J. and Mary (Lorena) Bateman.
He was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School where he was a star of the basketball team. During World War II he proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and participated in action on D-day in 1944. As an undergraduate at Kenyon College, Don met Marion Flecknoe, and soon they married, and were as one, through his final day. Don majored in English and he treasured attending the Kenyon School of English led by his mentor John Crowe Ransom. Soon after, he attended graduate school at Ohio State University where he earned a Ph.D. and he began his teaching profession there. Don and Marion started their family while he began his graduate school courses. In order to support the growing family he taught English, mathematics, coached the basketball team and drove the school bus at Gambier High School. After being awarded his Ph.D., he remained at OSU and taught there his entire career. Shortly before his retirement he received a University Distinguished Professor of the Year award elected by his students who called him Don. He remained physically active by playing tennis regularly until his late 80’s and climbed the stairs to C deck before every Buckeye home game. He and Marion finally settled in Granville where he enjoyed organic gardening, baking and photography. He will always be remembered as the most inspiring, devoted, loving, caring person to have as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, mentor and friend. He is profoundly missed.
Don is survived by Marion, his bride of 65 years; and children, Susan Bateman, Katherine Faria, Anne Waggoner and Marcus Bateman; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by their son, Christopher who died in 1973.
Visitation for Don will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home, 133 S. Prospect St., Granville. Burial will be at a later date at the Kenyon College Cemetery in Gambier.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Center of New Beginnings, 60 N. First St., Newark OH 53055.
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