November 15, 2023

RAYMORE- A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence for Richard Lee Bateman, 80, Raymore, who died surrounded by family on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with burial following at Mount Washington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Veterans Community Project.

Survivors include his daughters, Sheryl Watson and husband John and Jamie Appelbaum and husband Daniel; grandchildren, Mia, Elisabeth and Lucy Appelbaum; a sister, Beverly Gerlach and husband Tom; a brother-in-law, Fred “Jim” Sterner and wife Carol; nephews, a niece, his beloved furry companion Lilly Belle and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Janice and a sister, Marilynn Kuhn and her husband Ron.

Mr. Bateman was born Nov. 25, 1942, on a farm in Lamar, to Chester and Ruth (Newland) Bateman. He was a Lamar High School graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

He served his country with honor as a Vietnam veteran in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division and medic of the United States Army. Upon discharge, he began his career as a geotechnical engineer. He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers for over 40 years before retirement.

Mr. Bateman was deeply involved in the lives of his loved ones. He took great pride in supporting them through every milestone. He was an active participant in the lives of his children and grandchildren, always present at their activities and celebrations.