Ipswich — Charles B. Bateman, 97, of Essex Road, Ipswich, husband of the late Ruth C. (McGaunn) Bateman, passed away peacefully at home on September 1, 2013. Born May 6, 1916, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Percy and Maud (Callis) Bateman. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama. Ruth and Charles married in 1940. During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Army, and in 1949, he joined the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Moving to Ipswich, he went to work at the United Shoe Machinery Corp in Beverly, and shortly before his retirement he went back to school, earning a law degree from Suffolk University. While in retirement, Charles operated a successful antique business with his wife, becoming a master furniture refinisher and restorer of antiques.
He is survived by his two sons, Charles B. Bateman, Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Brentwood, Calif., and Philip C. Bateman and his wife, Katherine, of Centerville; two daughters, Janice C. Burnes and her husband, Richard, of Bedford and Marilee (Bateman) Strom of Shingletown, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Lisa Litchfield, Lori Harding, Douglas Burnes and Lindsay Opdyke of Mass., Colby Bateman of Texas; Randy Bateman, Keith Bateman, Brent Bateman and Todd Bateman of Calif.; twelve great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Bateman and his wife, Patricia, of Matthews, Va. He was the brother of the late Edward Bateman of Water Island, St. Thomas.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.