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James Bateson

James F. Bateson

Tuesday, July 29th, 1941 - Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
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James Franklin Bateson, 79

James Franklin Bateson, 79 of Ashland passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Brethren Care Village.
He was born on July 29, 1941 in Crooksville, Ohio the son of the late Clarence C. and Aundah H. (nee Pillsbury) Bateson.

Jim graduated from York Local High School, Class of 1959. Following his graduation, he went on to earn a degree from Penn State. Later in life, Jim earned a degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

He married the love of his life, the former Wanda Jane McHenry on September 4, 1962.

Jim retired after more than 30 years from General Motors in 2006 where he was an electronic engineer. He was a minister for more than 35 years, at the Church of the Nazarene having pastored five churches around the Dayton area.

Throughout his life, he achieved many educational and ministerial awards. He loved preaching, teaching, wood working, computers, vacationing, and carpenter work.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Mrs. Wanda Bateson of Ashland; one daughter, Rhonda Kay Cains of Ashland; one son, Darrel James Bateson of Dayton; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by one son, Christopher Scott Bateson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Pastor Rich Pate and Chaplain Dean Pierce officiating. Interment will be in Forrest Hills Memorial Gardens in Tipp City. Following the service, a meal and time of fellowship will be held in the Legacy Room of the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation.

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    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, March 20th, 2021 1:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Pastor Rich Pate
    Chaplain Dean Pierce
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    Forrest Hill Memorial Gardens
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    Tipp City, Ohio
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Bob Herdman

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Jim and Wanda are great friends and fellow ministers of ours! We always enjoyed talking to and worshipping with us at Camp Meeting and District events as well as the local pastors dinners. Jim never flaunted his educational achievements and remained humble and obedient to the Lord wherever that lead him. He will be missed by all his friends here in the Miami Valley, especially those he faithfully served as pastor. Well done my friend! Bob and Carmen Herdman

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