Conrad Batt, 74, of Billings, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, following a lengthy illness.
Conrad was born in Ballantine on April 20, 1927, a son of Fred and Mary (Foos) Batt. He grew up in the Project area and received his education in Shepherd. He worked for a short time on the family farm before enlisting in the Army. Following his discharge in 1951, he began working for Ideal Bakery and in 1955 began a career as a self-employed trucker. On Nov. 12, 1955, Conrad married Shirley Hartung in Billings, and together they raised a son and daughter.
In 1983, Conrad began to lose his sight and was forced to give up trucking, but was quickly able to find other ways to keep himself occupied. An experienced mechanic, he could design and engineer projects in his head and then build what he had envisioned. Working in his shop, or "the Palace" as he preferred to call it, brought him great pleasure. Time spent with his family and friends was treasured, and once his beloved granddaughters began to call him "Popo," the nickname stuck and was adopted by his family and friends. Conrad loved the Lord and had a deep, patriotic devotion for his country.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; a son, Michael Batt and his girlfriend, Rosa, of North Hollywood, Calif.; a daughter, Venetta McGuire and her husband, Dick; two granddaughters, Jessica and Megan McGuire; three sisters, Elizabeth Yerger, Ruth Heth and Miriam Foote; two brothers, Dan and Fred Batt; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ben Bonnett. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Jake and Ed, and a sister, Mary.
We love you and will miss you, "Popo."
Visitations will begin Friday morning at the Smith Downtown Chapel with family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Faith Chapel with military honors and interment to follow at the Pleasantview Cemetery near Ballantine. Smith Downtown Chapel is in charge of arrangements.