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Dwight Rex Batie

Dwight Rex Batie

The memorial service for Dwight Rex Batie, 68, Aberdeen is 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pastor Kevin Bergeson officiating. Dwight died peacefully at his home Thursday, December 12, Aberdeen.

Visitation and lunch with fellowship will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013 with family present from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Spitzer-Miller fellowship hall at 1111 S. Main St. Aberdeen.

Dwight Rex Batie, was born June 11, 1945 in Webster, SD to Rex and Della (Luckow) Batie. He graduated from high school in Edgemont, SD. Following high school, he spent time in Denver before returning to South Dakota. He married Lona Busching June 28, 1975 in Wahpeton, ND. They later made their home in Britton, SD. He worked various positions throughout his life including: insurance salesman, nursing assistant, bartender, cashier at Cenex, and custodian. Most of his life he worked multiple jobs in order to provide for his family.

Dwight enjoyed gardening, cooking, singing, clipping recipes, and was an extreme couponer and stockpiler before it was cool. Dwight was full of life lessons; always make a photocopy, do the right thing even if it is not the easiest, keep the faith, always root for the underdog, stand up for what you believe in, and the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Dwight taught others the importance of faith and helping your neighbor. He was never known to have a lot of money, but was willing to donate his time and did so with the meal ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he was a member and the Good Shepard Church food pantry.

Dwight always thought outside the box. When starting a fire in a cast iron pan, one should not look for baking soda but chuck the whole pan outside. He was never afraid to measure up to the rest of the world even if he was wearing his sweet yardstick suspenders. He had the gift to gab and never met a stranger.

Dwight was a medical marvel which he so generously passed on to his children. He almost always had a boo boo. For as often as he got hurt, his Aflac accident policy could have been considered a part-time position. Dwight always hoped to go to the Hokey Pokey Clinic where he could turn himself around, however, after a long fight, our Energizer bunny ran out of battery.

Dwight is survived by his children Sara (Jason) Vollmer, Moorhead, MN; Ann (Shane) Ede, Jamestown, ND; Jeff Batie (Joni Merkel), Aberdeen; grandchildren Connor and Madeline Ede; brother Duane (Sandy) Batie, Sisseton, SD; special friend Cliff Moffenbier, Aberdeen; niece and nephews, family and friends.

Dwight is proceeded in death by his parents.