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Roger Michael Batt

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March 31, 1944 - February 26, 2023


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Algona with Pastor Walter Reemtsma and Pastor Howard Batt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Roger Michael Batt was born March 31, 1944, in Irvington, son of William N. and Pauline M. (Seip) Batt. He attended school in Burt and graduated from Burt High School in 1964. Following high school, he worked at Gamble’s Skogmo, then worked various jobs within gas companies including service technician, installer, public service and manager. Roger retired from Mid-American Energy in 1999 after 34 years of service.

On June 11, 1983, he was united in marriage to Sandra Kraushaar at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together, they made a home in Algona.

Roger was an outdoorsman through and through. He was an avid hunter and especially loved hunting deer during bow season. A visit to the Batt home was like stepping into a wildlife museum. Roger displayed the rewards of his hunting excursions, such as wall-mounted deer heads, a bear, a fox, a turkey and several other trophies. Other activities like boating, swimming, fishing and waterskiing fueled his love for the great outdoors. He enjoyed spending time in the woods with his grandson, nephew and his hunting buddy and maple syrup partner Phil Schneider. As if that wasn’t enough, you might find Roger gardening, canning or making maple sugar. Roger could come across as “grumpy” or “ornery” but had the biggest heart of gold. He has a love for people especially his family. He was a member of the Algona Chamber, serving as President, a member of the Algona Area Economic Development, a member of Algona Rotary, serving as the secretary, served as a trustee on the board for Cresco Township, represented Kossuth County on the North Iowa Regional Housing Authority Board and a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Irvington.

Roger died Sunday, Feb. 26 at Mercy Medical Center, Mason City. He was 78.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Algona; son, Tony (Kristina) Hall of Queen Creek, Ariz.; grandchildren, Stacy (Brittany) Hall and their children, Jaden and Grayson of San Tan Valley, Ariz., and Shelby (Chris Wallace) and their daughter, Scarlett. He is also survived by his sister, Pam (Ron “Red”) Frankl of Irvington, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents and infant brother, Karl William “Sonny” Batt. Online condolences may be left at Memorials will be given to children’s educational programs at the Kossuth County Nature Center.

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