Robert Lee Batke

Birth Date: 
Sunday, March 18, 1934
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WOOSTER - Robert Lee Batke, 83 of Wooster, OH passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 surrounded by his family at Wooster Community Hospital.

Bob was born March 18, 1934 in Cleveland, OH the son of Robert F. Batke and Evelyn A. Reichwein Noss, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Donna M. (Morgan) Batke whom he married in May of 1981.

Bob was a journeyman electrician and a member of IBEW Local 38 of Cleveland for 60 years. He worked for Hatfield Electric of Cleveland for 35 years and retired as a Senior Project Manager from Lake Erie Electric of Westlake after 15 years. He also served in the United States Army Reserves training at Fort Knox Kentucky as a sharpshooter and was returned to the National Guard of Ohio after six months active duty with the Army.

Bob was a member of Harding Concordia Lodge #345 of the Valley of Cleveland, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and past chief of the Hunters Lodge. Bob was an avid golfer with Local 38 Wireman's Golf Association and participated in many golf tournaments. Bob also enjoyed trap shooting and was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooters Association of America, winning many senior trap shooting competitions. He also was a woodturner and a member of North Coast Woodturners and Buckeye

In addition to his wife, Donna, he is survived by his children, Robert L. (Mary) Batke of Anchorage, Alaska, Dale A. (Marcy) Batke of Medina, OH, Karen L. (Ronald) Saleker of Medina, OH and Sarah E. Batke of Lakewood, OH and his former wife, Joann C. Batke of Medina, OH. He also leaves behind six grandchildren; Dale A. Batke, Jr., Karen V. Lewis, Michelle L. Joyner, Ryan A. Saleker, Jenna L. Saleker and Miles L. Ehrbar; brother’s Raymond A. (Patricia) Batke of Medina, OH and William H. (Betty) Noss of Medina, OH and a sister Sandra L. (Batke) Babic of Westlake, OH and nine nephews and two nieces.

Please join us in a celebration of Bob's life to be held Friday, June 23rd at 2:00 pm at Mcintire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home.

Mcintire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 East Larwill Street, Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Bob's honor to Shriner's Hospitals for Children at


Memorial Contributions: 

Shriner's Hospitals for Children at


No calling hours


Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.


My heart felt sympathy to all of Bob's family. I will miss him.

Greetings from North Carolina and just listened to the voicemail message Monday night that Bob had passed. My prayers are with the family at this time and I know he will be sorely missed. Bob and I met due to the sport of trapshooting and he shot at both the Spartanburg Gun Club in South Carolina and the North Carolina Homegrounds near Bostic NC. It was always great to see him and to talk about assorted topics when we had time to spend together. He managed to break a 96 in the handicap event at the Hall Of Fame Shoot in NC and tied my running buddy JC Nunn that resulted in them going an extra round to finish the tie. I have pictures of that event and will forever be fond of that memory of the two shooting together. I managed to get Bob's phone number and even though he wasn't traveling and shooting like he really enjoyed I still managed to call him to see how he was doing. This last time I called to leave a message I thought it odd that he didn't return the call and now I know why. He was a great man and friend and I will be posting his info and pictures on so that people can see him enjoying the sport he loved. So long my friend and I will see you on the other side.....

Donna, Sarah and Miles, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories memories and the love you shared bring you some comfort during this difficult time. Bob will be missed. All our love to you!!
Renee, Al and family.

Donna, I am so sorry for your loss - please know that you and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Bob will be missed here in The Groves.

Dale, I am really sorry to hear about your dad. Stay strong my friend.

On behalf of my myself, my wife, and my dad's grandchildren & great grandchildren. We all grieve and are saddened by the loss of my dad. May he Rest In Peace.

Sarah, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Know that you and your family will be in my heart during this difficult time.

Dear Donna and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob, was always such a kind man. We were so lucky to have had him as a neighbor. Prayers for you and your family.

Dear Donna and Sarah, I am so sorry for you loss. Bob, was always such a kind man. We were so lucky to have him as a neighbor in Medina. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Dale and the rest of the Batke family: So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was one of "the good guys." He was the first journeymen I ever had the privilege of working with as a new apprentice 48 years ago with Hatfield Electric. The "Batman" was a lot of fun to both work with and for, which I had done multiple times. His unique sense of humor was always appreciated. I especially enjoyed introducing "Johnny Carson's cousin " to the guys around the job. Sorry that a previous appointment prevents me from attending the memorial service. My sincere condolences to the Batke family.

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