Obituary: Michael Batchelder

Michael Edward Batchelder, 71, of Highland, peacefully passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

Mike was born April 19, 1950, in St. Joseph, Mo., the oldest of three children of John and Dorothy (Cole) Batchelder, and was a lifelong Doniphan County resident where he attended Highland Schools, and later graduated from Highland High School with the class of 1969.

Mike has had many health obstacles throughout his life, and he has faced each one head on. Mike could always be depended on to have a smile and make the best of every situation.

Law enforcement was his lifetime career, doing police work in Highland for a number of years. He later served as Doniphan County Deputy Sheriff to full-time Sheriff retiring in 2001.

Mike loved his community and was involved in many civic activities including Highland Lions Club, Fire Department, EMS work and was a member of the city council. He was instrumental in helping obtain the funding for the new Fire Department/Community Building.

He was a lifelong active member of Highland United Methodist Presbyterian Church. He especially enjoyed mission work of cooking meals in St. Joseph at the Open-Door Kitchen.

Mike was preceded in death by both parents; and a niece, Bobbie Lyn Chauza.

He is survived by two sisters, Beverly (Terry) Montgomery of Sabetha and Patti (Bob) Chauza of West Jordan, Utah; half-brother, Buddy Noah of Phoenix, Ariz.; niece, Christi Grant; nephews, Daniel, Alex and Ryan Montgomery; great niece, Keira Grant; and great nephew, Wesley Grant.

A celebration of Mike’s eternal life was held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at the Highland United Methodist-Presbyterian Church.

Memorials can be sent in care of Highland Community Meal Center c/o Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, PO Box 33, Highland 66035.

The Sabetha Herald 9/29/2021


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