Columbus, OH --- Rosser L. Bateman, 96, of Athens, Ohio, died Dec. 14, 2013, at The Lindley Inn, Athens.
Born Sept. 12, 1917, in Nelsonville, he was the son of the late George Bateman, who served as Athens Co. Sheriff for several years, and Mary Agnes Rosser Bateman.
Mr. Bateman was a 1935 graduate of Nelsonville High School. He owned and operated a coal trucking business prior to his service in World War II. After the war, he opened the Bateman Riley Dodge-Plymouth Dealership on West State Street in Athens. He joined the City of Athens Police Department as a patrolman and after 30 years of service retired as a sergeant. He also operated a rental property business in Athens for many years.
He was active with the Athens Co. Harness Horsemen’s Association since 1960. He had many successful horses and sire stakes winners. He also received awards and recognition for his training of harness horses.
Mr. Bateman was the last surviving charter member of Southern Ohio F.O.P. Lodge 55, a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 3477 and a member of K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion.
He is survived by his daughters, Shelly (Bud) Bucher and Mary Ann (Jim) Michael; granddaughter, Erin Bucher; sisters, Alma Shields and June Gibson; brother, Tom (Cynthia); several nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Maxine Wagner; and a special friend, Chuck Perry. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Jane Wagner Bateman in 1988; sister, Lois Ferrell; and brothers, Richard and George Jr.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday (Dec. 19) at 1 p.m. at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, with Pastor Denver Dodrill officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Friends may call Wednesday (Dec. 18) from 4-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Southern Ohio F.O.P. Lodge 55 will hold a memorial prior to the funeral on Thursday at the funeral home. K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, VFW Post 3477 and VFW Post 9893 Honor Guards will hold military rites at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, OH 45701.