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Gary Robert Batchelder Sr.

August 21, 1940 August 30, 2020
Gary Robert Batchelder Sr.
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Obituary for Gary Robert Batchelder Sr.

Gary R. Batchelder Sr., a longtime resident of Milford, MI, died surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 30, 2020. He was 80 years old.

He was introduced to the love of his life Patricia by his girlfriend at Riverside Arena in Livonia. Needless to say, love prevailed and Gary and Patricia were married on July 6, 1963. They lived in Detroit until 1973 when they moved to Milford where they remained and raised their three children. Gary held many jobs through his life but the two that stood out were Massey Ferguson and Pella Window & Doors. Gary retired from Pella in 2002 with the dream to travel and retire to the cottage in Oak Beach, MI once Patricia was able to retire. He enjoyed collecting old trains, toy cars and watching TV. He was very patriotic and enjoyed donating money to several organizations that he held dear to his heart.

Family meant everything to Gary. He was known for watching his “classic” movies which we all knew how “cheesy” they were, but we loved watching them with him and teased him about how bad they were. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He would often start pillow fights and then say that he was completely innocent and that his grandson had started it. He was a great story teller and enjoyed scaring his grandchildren about the “Headless Surfer” who came out on full moons on Lake Huron searching for a head. He was a wealth of love, knowledge, history, and stories. He was an amazing Father and Papa who will be greatly missed and who is now reunited with his love Patricia.

Gary is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia (d. 2005) and is survived by his daughter, Vera (Craig Feltner) Batchelder; sons, Wesley (Kathy) Batchelder, Gary (Lisa) Batchelder and Tim Bush; grandchildren, Samantha Antonich, Daniel Antonich, Matthew (Danielle) Batchelder, Lizzie (Mark) Robinson, Megan Batchelder, Jacob Batchelder, Drake Feltner and Haleigh Feltner; great-grandchildren, Baine, Violet, Natalie, Alexis, Ayanna, Damian and Layla as well as many close friends and extended family members.

Services will be held at Milford Memorial Cemetery, Milford, MI on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:30AM. Friends may gather beginning at 11:00AM. The services will be held outdoors so please plan accordingly.

For further information, please contact Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645

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