Feb. 18, 1926 – Nov. 20, 2013
A memorial service for longtime Basin resident Herman J. Batenhorst will be held Friday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Basin. Herman, 87, died Nov. 20 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.
He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Stuart, Neb., the son of Lucy and Herman F. Batenhorst. His family moved to Orchard Bench in Basin when Herman was 11 years old.
Late in his senior year at Basin High School, Herman enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. After graduation he was sent to the University of Colorado for training. After he received his honorary medical discharge from the Navy, Herman attended the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming where he studied building construction. On completion of his studies, he joined his father and brother in the building construction business.
Herman loved the outdoors and spent time working on a tugboat in Alaska. When he returned to Basin he met Sylvia Snyder of Lovell and they exchanged vows June 18, 1955, in Lovell. The couple made their home in Hyattville where Sylvia taught first and third grades. In 1956 they settled in Basin in the home Herman, his father and his brothers built.
He spent many years working with sportsman’s organizations. He was a member of the Basin Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, Basin Eagles Aerie 3086, BPOE 1431 Lodge of Greybull, and served on the Basin City Council.
In his spare time he golfed, hunted, fished and tended his garden. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their accomplishments.
Before Herman became ill he spent many winters in Oregon enjoying the ocean, the rivers, and pursuing the elusive fish with his son, Mark.
His parents, Herman and Lucy, and two brothers, Arthur and Henry, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Sylvia; two sons, Mark (Melanie) of Central Point, Ore., and Tom (Karen) of Cody; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Jack Lindsey of Greybull; his sister, Madonna Hartman of Billings, and two grandchildren