Gordon Dennis Batman, affectionately known as 'Bus', of Garden City, Kansas died early Tuesday morning when God decided it was time to call him home. He was born in Ingalls, Kansas on Sept 9, 1935, to Harold Batman and Naoma Barton Batman. He was the oldest of 4 children to Harold and Naoma.
Bus married Mary Jo Burns on June 6, 1955, and they had 4 sons, Stephen “Tony”, Terry, Eric, and Shannon. They later divorced and Bus never married again.
Bus graduated from Ingalls High School where he played 6-man football as their star receiver. He began his career pumping gas and unloading wheat trucks in Ingalls, KS to support his growing family. Bus worked his way to bookkeeper/accountant and rose through the ranks working at various COOP’s around the state and eventually to the headquarters of Farmland Industries in Kansas City. He moved his family back to his roots in western Kansas where he worked for Gigot Irrigation before starting his new career in sales at Palmer Tank for the last 30 years. Bus loved to talk to people all over the nation through his sales job and his office mates at Palmer were very much family. His grit and stubbornness kept him working up to the day before he died. Bus’s passion in business kept him mentally sharp, vibrant, and engaged, and his quick wit kept everyone on their toes.
Bus is survived in death by his 4 sons Stephen “Tony” (Vicki) of Dallas, TX, Terry of Holcomb, KS, Eric (Lori) of Morristown, TN, and Shannon (Shelly) of Boise, ID; 8 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, his brother Robert “Butch” (Teresa) of Ozawaki, KS and sister Connie (Don) of Kinsley, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Lou Rohrbaugh of Caldwell, KS. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Services will be held at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Garden City at 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 16 followed by a fellowship luncheon. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm at Ingalls Cemetery for family and close friends. The family suggests memorials given to St. Dominic Catholic Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.