The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 4, 2013

Leo Batchelder

Published 8-4-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, OK — The graveside service for Leo Batchelder, 96-year-old Enid resident, will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 5, 2013, in Memorial Park Garden Chapel. The Rev. Alan Seibel will officiate. Arrangements are under direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.

Leo was born February 26, 1917, in Enid to William I. and Opal Mae (Phares) Batchelder and died Thursday, August 1, 2013 in St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

He attended local schools and graduated from Enid High School in 1935. He entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 and served throughout WWII.

On September 9, 1944, he married Mary Parker in Houston, Texas.

After the war, he returned to Enid, where he began working with Charlie Knox and building service stations. He stayed on as a construction supervisor after the merger with Kerr-McGee. He retired in 1981.

He was a longtime member of Davis Park Christian Church. He loved to fish and travel. As a younger man, he and his brother rode their bicycles to Central America, making it almost all the way to Panama Canal.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, son Michael and daughter Sharon, all of the home; brother, Kenneth Batchelder, of Enid; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Condolences may be made to the family at

(Submitted by family)