Paul Walter Batt, formerly of Liberal, KS, passed away on March 22, 2023 at Bellvue Nursing Home in Oklahoma City, to join Jesus and his best friend and wife, Evelyn Batt who passed before him.
He was born number six in a family of nine, on the family farm at Shattuck, Oklahoma on November 26, 1941, to Sam and Hulda Batt. Paul lived there until the age of 10, before moving to the new family farm at Logan, Oklahoma.
He spent the rest of his childhood and early adult years helping run the family farm and dairy. He took great pride in having his dairy cattle. He then moved to Liberal Kansas, where he met Evelyn Downing at the Snack Shack in 1968. He proposed to her later that year in front of her parent’s house. The two were married February 1, 1969. They enjoyed 53 wonderful years of marriage.
Paul worked for Tradewinds and Boles Ranch, before settling into a career starting in 1976 at National Beef, before his retirement in 2012. He and Evelyn spent days together transporting vehicles for a local car dealer. They were members of the New Beginnings Church in Liberal.
His greatest passions were time with family, fishing trips to the Colorado mountains, reading the Bible, and spending days in his shop designing and building numerous projects like three-wheeled bikes. Almost an aspiring inventor, he had a creative mind for fabricating an idea Into something purposeful.
Paul is survived by their two sons, David and wife Dana, of Manhattan, KS and Donovan and wife Lisa, of Turpin, Oklahoma. He is also survived by grandchildren, Dawson and wife Jolee, Anna, Sammi, Paul David, Drew, and Dillon, as well as two great-grandchildren, Dacen and Daxon. Also surviving are siblings Lelyn Batt and wife Ella May, Charlotte Brooks, Mary (Bill) Nichols, Pauline (Dale) Ditto, and Sam Batt. Other family surviving are sister-in-law Virginia (Ed) Means, sister-in-law Kathryn Dotson, brother-in-law Gene (Joann) Downing, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Passing before him, besides parents Sam and Hulda, were his wife Evelyn, Rosie (Martin) Pope, George Batt, and Margaret Heil. Anyone who met this gentle soul realized the privilege of knowing a genuine follower of Jesus, who will be greatly missed by countless friends and family.
Visitation will be 4-8 pm Tuesday, March 28, at Buchanan Funeral Service in Oklahoma City. Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29, at the funeral home. Graveside service and burial will be Thursday, March 30, at Liberal City Cemetery, Liberal, KS at 10:30 a.m.