Feb. 18, 1926 – Nov. 20, 2013
Longtime Basin resident Herman J. Batenhorst died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Basin with Father Ray Rodriguez as celebrant. Burial will follow at the Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Immediately following the graveside, a luncheon for family and friends will be held at the Eagles AERIE #3086 in Basin.
Herman was born on Feb. 18, 1926, in Stuart, Neb., a son of Lucy and Herman F. Batenhorst. He was raised in Stuart until the age of 11, when he moved with his family to Orchard Bench in Basin.
Late in Herman’s senior year at Basin High School, he enlisted with the United States Naval Reserve. After graduation, he was sent to the University of Colorado for training. Following his honorary medical discharge from the service, he attended the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming, studying building construction. Upon completion of his studies, he joined his father and brother in the building construction business.
Herman loved the outdoors and spent time working in Alaska on a tugboat. Upon his return to Basin, he met Sylvia Snyder of Lovell. They were married on June 18, 1955, in Lovell and made their home in Hyattville, where Sylvia taught first and third grade. In 1956, they settled in Basin in the home that Herman built with his father and brothers.
Herman spent many years working with sportsman’s organizations. He was a member of the Basin Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years, the Basin Eagles Aerie No. 3086 and the Greybull Elks BPOE Lodge No.1431, and he served on the Basin Town Council. In his spare time you could find him golfing, hunting, fishing or tending his garden. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their accomplishments.
Before Herman became ill, he spent many winters in Oregon enjoying the ocean, the rivers and pursuing the elusive fish with his son, Mark.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, of 58 years; two sons, Mark (Melanie) of Central Point, Ore., and Tom (Karen) of Cody, one daughter, Becky (Jack) of Greybull; two grandchildren, Nathan of Ucross, Wyo. and Kristen of Brenham, Texas; a sister, Madonna Hartman of Billings, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Lucy and two brothers, Arthur and Henry.
Memorials will be accepted at Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin WY 82410 to benefit the Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.