Batten, Joseph Bemister (October 25, 1908 - April 19, 1970)

Rev. Joseph Batten-A Man of God

Unknown - April 30, 1970

The Burial Office was read in Christ Episcopal Church Friday, April 24, for Rev. Joseph Bemister Batten, rector of the church for the past nine years. He died Sunday, April 19, at 4:20 p.m. in Colorado General Hospital, Denver, Colorado. the Rt. Rev. David Thornberry, Bishop of the Diocese of Wyoming, conducted the service.

Rev. Batten was born Oct. 25, 1908, in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, where he spent his youth and received his early education. Sometime after arriving on the mainland he became interested in the Church Army, an organization in the episcopal church similar to the salvation Army. He attended the University of Toronto and was commissioned as a captain in the Church Army. As Captain Batten, he served the church in Geraldton, Ontario and then at St. Mark's, Windsor, Ont. It was here that he met Beatrice Bennetto, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1940, in Windsor. At the time, he was stationed at the church on Pelee Island, one of the several large islands in Lake Erie.

Archbishop Seager, under whom he served encouraged him too go into full ministry of the church, so he entered Huron College, the seminary affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, London, Ont., Canada.

An ordained deacon in 1942, Rev. Batten later went to the church on Walpole Island in the St. Clair River, where he was a missionary to the Chippewa Indians. A year later, 1944, he was ordained to the priesthood. In 1945 Rev. Batten, and family traveled about 2000 miles west and north to within 200 miles of the Arctic Circle to serve in Yellowknife, North West Territories and later south into Beaverlodge, Alberta, on the Alcan Highway, 800 miles north of the American border.

In 1950, Rev. Batten became the rector of St. John's, Durand, Michigan. Later, he assisted the rector of St. Paul's in Walla Walla, Wash. In 1945, he had the joy of meeting Rt. Rev. J. Wilson Hunter, Bishop of Wyoming. Thus it was that he became a missionary to the Shoshone Indians, and was in Charge of St. David's Church, Fort Washakie.

In 1960, Rev. Batten accepted the call from Christ Episcopal Church, Douglas, Wyo., where he served until his retirement, due to health, in October of 1969.

Rev. Batten was active in the Douglas Ministerial Association and served as secretary and treasurer for several terms.

In early April this year, he received a Citation of Appreciation from the American Legion for "Outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of American Legion programs and activities dedicated to "God and Country." Rev. Batten served as Chaplain at Wyoming Boys' State for nine years.

Survivors are his wife and three sons, Bryan Jon of Yuma City, California; Earl Leslie of Grants, New Mexico and Wayne Douglas, a junior at the University of Wyoming; three sisters, Mrs. Ann Macauley of Groton, Mass; Mrs. George Richards of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland; and Mrs. Wesley Bussey of Porte Grave, Newfoundland; three brothers, William of Belmont, Mass.; Robert of Marlon, New Hampshire; and Rollas of Groton; and two grandchildren. Rev. Batten's parents, John and Annie Batten, predeceased him as did two brothers, Winston and John.

Interment of the cremation will be made later. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the Memorial Fund of Christ Episcopal Church or to Leukemia Research, care of D. Matthew Block, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Colorado.


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