Alfred J. Batenhorst, Jr. age 91 of Beemer, NE passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point, NE.
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Beemer, NE with Fr. Vincent Sunguti as celebrant. Military Honors will follow the service at the church. A luncheon will be held at the Beemer Ballroom and private family interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a public Vigil Service and Rosary at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church and will continue one hour prior to the service on Monday. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family.
Alfred Joseph Batenhorst was born on September 14, 1931, in West Point, Nebraska, the son of Alfred and Helen (Volgeltanz) Batenhorst. Alfred attended Beemer Public High School graduating in 1951. After high school he joined the Army attending basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and was stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He married Georgia Lee Engelhardt on September 29, 1953, and lived in Anchorage, Alaska for one year. While in Anchorage they welcomed their first child.
Following two years of military service, Alfred and Georgia returned home in 1954. Two years later they purchased Georgia’s parents farm and resided there until 1985 when they sold the farm and moved to Beemer. Alfred then embarked on a sales career at KTIC AM 84 Radio in West Point. From early on it was apparent that Alfred had a gift for sales, and he quickly became one of their top sales agents.
Alfred was foremost a devoted husband and proud father. He and Georgia shared 69 years of marriage raising ten children. He was an active member of Beemer Holy Cross parish participating in Choir and numerous church activities and was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed attending sporting events, entertaining, playing cards with family and friends, traveling to Casinos, and visiting family. He and Georgia took many trips with highlights including Florida, California, Hawaii, and Alaska.
Alfred was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Georgia, parents, Alfred and Helen Batenhorst, brothers, Duane and Donald, daughters, Mary Elizabeth (infant who died at birth) and Linda Jensen, daughter-in-law Debra (Loseke) and grandchild Nicole Kosch.
Alfred is survived by his loving children who include:
Tom (Doris Meister) Batenhorst of Kansas City, KS, and family –
Sara and Michael Sheerin and children – Emily, Henry, Thomas, Oliver
Kate Batenhorst and children – Lilianna, Gabriella
Linda Jensen (deceased) and family –
Brian and Alaina Orton and daughter – Evelyn
Steven and Molly Orton and children – Will, Maryn, Levi
Cindy Schueth (Larry) of Lincoln, NE, and family –
Jake and Ashley Schueth and children – Luke, Mark, Violet
Jena and John Fogle and children – Sarah, Cora, Sami
Nick and Cathina Schueth and children – Preston, Elliot, Harper
Nancy and Tyler Sell and children – Kylie, Jordan
Deb Sonderman (Dennis) of Omaha, NE, and family –
Connor and Melissa Sonderman and daughter – Eloise
David (Lori Follette) Batenhorst of Norfolk, NE, and family –
Tara Batenhorst and daughter – Madisen
Tyler Batenhorst and Corina Torres and children – Rady, Laynie
Chelsey and Chris Evans
Kyle and Haley Batenhorst and children – Beckett, Brees, Bailey
Barb (Russ) Ehrisman of Lincoln, NE, and children –
Cassie and Drew Newton and children – Autumn, Luke, James, Ben, Michael, Josie, Henry
Lexie and Garrett Johnson
Greg (Julie Emerson) Batenhorst of Norfolk, NE, and children
Nick Emerson and Taleigh Miller and children – Adalye, Abbie, Hayden
Carla (Russ) Kosch of Lincoln, NE, and family –
Ashley and Tyler Knust and children – Brady, Emmett, Kyrie
Jeff (Lachelle Spangler) Batenhorst of Beemer, NE, and family –
Josh and Krista Batenhorst
Carissa and Tyler Moes and son – Nixon
Cole and Paige Batenhorst
Lisa (Tim) Ramaekers of Kansas City, KS, and family –
Sister, Mary Alice (Norbert) Harms of Dodge, NE.
Georgia and Alfred’s devotion to each other was evident to everyone who knew them. Their legacy of family, faith and servitude will be continued by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.