Originally Published: December 14, 2007 8:33 p.m.
Ralph Bateman, 87, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
His brothers, Robert, William and Rupert and sister Jane Taggart preceded him in death.
Survivors include Ralph's beloved wife of 61 years, Patricia (Finnegan); and loving children, son Peter Bateman and wife, Diana of Albuquerque and their children Dina, Sarah, Jennifer and Daniel Martinez; son Dean Bateman of Atascadero, Calif.; and daughter Deborah Bateman of Albuquerque and her daughter Michaela.
Ralph was born on May 6, 1920, in Downers Grove, Ill., and lived there until 1985. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 80 in Downers Grove, serving as commander and vice-commander. He retired in 1985 from Allstate Insurance, after more than 35 years of service with Sears and Allstate, and moved with Patricia to Prescott, Ariz., where Ralph was a dedicated member of the Lions Club and received the Lion of the Year Award for outstanding service. In 2004, Ralph and Patricia relocated to Albuquerque, N.M., to be close to family members.
Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in the Reflection of Life Chapel, Albuquerque, N.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).
Services entrusted to the Salazar Family of Reflections, Funerals & Life Celebrations (505) 884-5777.
(Information provided by survivors.)