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1993 Garfield County, Washington, Funeral Notices and Obituaries

John V. Roberts

John V. Roberts, a retired Pomeroy garage service manager, died of complications of cancer Wednesday, August 11, 1993, at Garfield County Memorial Hospital. He was 73.

He was employed by the Herres Chevrolet garage at Pomeroy for 26 years, retiring in 1986 as a service manager.

He was born March 9, 1920, at Chillicothe, Texas, to William and Fannie Vestal Roberts. He attended school at Carlton, Texas.

After completing his schooling, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 as an aviation machinist mate first class. He served in the South Pacific on the USS Suwanee, an aircraft carrier, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Citation medal.

He married Ruby A. Jenkins July 16, 1944, at Lewiston.

In the late 1940s, he worked for Gaffney-Thompson Chevrolet garage and Johnson Ford garage, both at Orofino.

In 1950, the couple moved to Pomeroy. He worked for Burt Belknap Chevrolet from 1950 to 1961, when he began his career with Herres.

He was a member of the Pomeroy Eagles Lodge and the Thomas Jackson Graham Post No. 38 of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and bowling.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife of Pomeroy; two daughters, Shirley Huyette of Camas, Wash., and Debbie Willoughby of Lewiston; a son, Lloyd Roberts of Spokane; a brother, Weldon Roberts of Hemet, Calif.; a sister, Velma Hickman of Stephenville, Texas, and nine grandchildren.

A brother, Thelbert Roberts, died previously.

Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today [8/13/93] at Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy. His graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Pomeroy City Cemetery with the Rev. Howard Hopkins officiating.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the VFW Scholarship Fund, in care of Alvin Landkammer, or to the Garfield County Ambulance Fund, in care of Lisa Gingerich, both at Pomeroy, Wash. 99347.

William Robert Batterton

William Robert Batterton, a longtime Pomeroy farmer, died of a heart attack Sunday [May 23, 1993] at his Pomeroy home. He was 84.

He was born July 12, 1908, at Pomeroy to Francis Alva and Myrtle Della Long Batterton.

He graduated in 1928 from Pomeroy High School and married Marye Pierre Jan. 11, 1930, at Spokane. He farmed until 1973, when he and his wife moved into Pomeroy.

He was a member of the Pomeroy Christian Church, serving as elder and a member of the church board, and was state treasurer of the Christian Men's Fellowship of the Association of Christian Churches.

He was also a member of the Masons and master of the Pomona Grange, serving as state grange deputy in the 1950s. He was a member of the Pomeroy Kiwanis Club (now Pomeroy Service Club) and was a former chairman of the Pomeroy School Board.

Survivors include his wife [Marye H. Pierre Batterton, November 1, 1910-October 18, 1998] of the Moscow Care Center; two sons, Carl Batterton of Colfax and Robert Batterton of Benton City, Wash.; two daughters, Jeanne Lewis of Pomeroy and Diane Gosney of West Richland, Wash.; a brother, Merle Batterton of Lewiston; a stepbrother, Harvey Kennedy of Shreveport, La.; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Pomeroy Christian Church with the Rev. Howard Neal of the church officiating. Burial will be at the Pomeroy City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Pomeroy Christian Church. Richardson-Brown Funeral Home at Pomeroy is in charge of arrangements.