David Bruce Batdorf was born in Toledo, Ohio on April 29, 1959. He was one of three children born to Dayton and Rita (Haas) Batdorf. Dave graduated with the Class of 1977 from Central Catholic High School in Toledo.
On August 7, 1981, he wed the love of his life, the former Janice Gotha, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Temperance, Michigan. The couple was blessed with two sons. Dave and Janice also welcomed foster children into their home. A loving husband and hopeless romantic, on every anniversary, Dave presented his wife with a rose representing each year of their nuptials. The Batdorf family took many memorable trips together including vacations to the Bahamas, Florida, and Northern Michigan. Dave was an excellent provider for his family and had a long career as a meat and poultry sales representative. He was employed at Weaver Poultry and later at Wolverine Packing before his medical retirement.
An avid golfer, Dave hit the links whenever he had the opportunity. He spent time at various golf courses in the area but was especially fond of Detwiler Golf Course in Toledo. Dave was also a hockey fan, having played in high school for the school team. He frequently tuned into sports on television to cheer on the Detroit Red Wings and Ohio State teams. Dave also enjoyed classic programs such as “The Andy Griffith Show” and “M*A*S*H”. Quiet and introverted, Dave had a deeply kind and caring soul. He devoted much of his life to caring for children with disabilities and lovingly took care of his son, Ian’s, every need. For many years the family participated in the Special Olympics.
David Bruce Batdorf, age 63, of Erie, Michigan passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, April 21, 2023. He had been in declining health for many years. His passing was preceded by his father: Dayton Batdorf in 1991; mother: Rita Batdorf in 2009; a brother: Stanley Batdorf; a sister: Leatha Boughey; his father-in-law: Frank Gotha; and his best friend: Jake Way, whom he had known since childhood.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his beloved wife of forty-one years: Janice Batdorf of Erie; two sons: Ian M. Batdorf and Justin S. (Sarah) Batdorf; his mother in-law: Barbara Gotha; a sister in-law: Linda Batdorf; many in-laws on David’s wife side of the family, and beloved canine companion: “Lady Jane”, a rescue dog who was always at Dave’s side.
A Celebration of David’s Life is being planned for the summer. His care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199. Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
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