Richard Lee Bateman, 80 of Raymore, Missouri passed away surrounded by family on Friday, November 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri. Richard was born on a farm in Lamar, Missouri on November 25, 1942 to Chester and Ruth (Newland) Bateman. Richard leaves behind a legacy of professional excellence and a life well-lived.
His journey through life was marked by significant achievements. He attended Anderson School, a one-room schoolhouse where he completed grades 1-8 before continuing his education at Lamar High School. Following high school graduation, he pursued higher education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), earning a bachelor's degree in engineering. His accomplishments were testaments to his perseverance and thirst for knowledge.
Richard then served his country with honor as a Vietnam veteran in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division and medic of the United States Army. His bravery during this period demonstrated his commitment to freedom and justice.
Richard entered his career as a geotechnical engineer and it was marked by unwavering dedication and countless achievements. He approached every project with precision and expertise. His passion led him in the US Army Corps of Engineers for a little over 40 years before retirement. He then continued working for HNTB for 8 additional years because he loved his occupation and it was fulfilling for him.
Outside of his professional life, Richard had a personality that endeared him to all who knew him. He had an adventurous spirit and was known for his love of speed. In his younger years, Richard enjoyed street racing and driving fast cars. He owned two Corvettes and most recently a Camaro, which were his pride and joy. His passion for speed extended beyond the streets; Richard was an avid NASCAR fan and particularly relished the excitement of the Daytona 500.
Beyond his professional and military accomplishments, Richard was deeply involved in the lives of his loved ones. He possessed a gentle and caring nature that made him a natural caregiver. He took great pride in supporting them through every milestone. He was an active participant in the lives of his children and grandchildren, always present at their activities and celebrations.
Richard's love for adventure extended beyond the racetrack; he enjoyed traveling and exploring new places with his beloved wife of 42 years, Janice. Additionally, he found joy in cherished traditions with friends, such as Sunday margaritas at Jose Peppers with his Raymore friends and neighbors or monthly breakfast gatherings at Corner Cafe with former colleagues. Richard also appreciated the craftsmanship of good beer, in particular the Hardway beer at Martin City Brewery. These moments were treasured opportunities for laughter, camaraderie, and shared experiences that enriched his life.
In reflecting upon Richard's life, it is evident that he lived each day to the fullest and embraced every moment. His memories will forever remain etched in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Richard's gentle nature, stubborn persistence, passion for speed, and unwavering commitment to his loved ones will never be forgotten.
Richard is survived by his daughters, Sheryl Watson and husband John, Jamie Appelbaum and husband Daniel; grandchildren, Mia, Elisabeth, and Lucy Appelbaum; sister, Beverly Gerlach (Tom); brother-in-law, Fred “Jim” Sterner (Carol); nephews, Blake Hardcastle, Shane Hunter and Jim Sterner; niece, Melissa Sterner; beloved furry companion, Lilly Belle and numerous friends.
He is preceded by his beloved wife, Janice; father, Chester Bateman; mother, Ruth (Newland) Bateman and sister, Marilynn Kuhn (Ron).
A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 10-11am at Carson-Speaks Chapel in Independence, Mo. Funeral service will begin at 11am with burial to follow at Mount Washington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Veterans Community Project in memory of Richard.