Date Posted: 2003-06-24

Services for Warren Myles Batie, 82, life-long Lexington resident, will be at 2 pm Thursday, June 26, 2003, at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, with Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery northeast of Lexington, following the funeral service. Visitation will be today June 25th, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

Warren died Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at the Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

He was born April 30, 1921, to Christopher "Kit" and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Pickering) Batie, the youngest of 10 children. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Lexington.

He was a 1937 graduate of Lexington High School and was a charter member of the Lexington FFA.

On Sept. 14, 1947, he married Leta Burbank in Lexington. This past summer the couple celebrated 55 years of marriage.

A life-long cattle feeder and farmer, Warren was active in many organizations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the church board for several years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Tehama Shrine, as well as Order of the Eastern Star serving as worthy patron for 15 years and also grand representative. Warren was a board member of rural schools, Lexington Co-op Oil, Dawson County Farm Bureau and the Dawson County Extension Service.

The Batie Family was honored in 1990 as the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year and in 1991 was awarded the Ak-Sar-Ben Pioneer Farm Family Award.

Warren will always be remembered for the love of his family, service and generosity to his community and passion for the land.

Survivors include his wife, Leta Batie, Lexington: two sons, Christopher Batie, Durham, N.C., and Don (Barb) Batie, Lexington; three daughters, Jeannine (Gene) Nelsen, Lyons, Lynn (John) Greer, Edgar, and Barbara (Marvin) Hilgedick, Hartsburg, Mo.; six grandchildren, Anne (Eric) Ostendorf, Gothenburg, Sarah (Jason) Humphrey, Phillips, Ben Hilgedick, Ashland, Mo., Caroline Hilgedick, Columbia, Mo., and Juliana and Cicely Batie, Lexington; three great-grandchildren, Sidnee and Devyn Ostendorf, Gothenburg, and Camden Humphrey, Phillips; two sisters, Eileen Biehl, Lexington, and Winona Doher, Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Julia Mae Batie, Kearney; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, other relatives and friends.    He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters, and two infant siblings.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, the Dawson County Historical Society or the donor's choice. Reynolds-Love funeral Home in Lexington is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary provided by daughter, Lynn Greer, Class of 1967.