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“Dan - Sorry to see that you lost Cal. Haven't talked with you in years, but wanted you to know I was thinking of you when I read this notice. Hope to...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Nate McKenzie - Brookston, IN

“Sending comforting words to you, Willie, and to your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on the loss of someone you all loved. May...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Margaret Spahr - New Orleans, LA

“Willie Mae, you and Calvin always welcomed me like family (in fact, you will always be Grandma and Grandpa Batts to Skyler and Trey). I truly cannot...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Wendy Smith - Valparaiso, IN

Calvin Batts, age 88, of Lafayette, died at 12:54 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012 in his residence. Born on July 25, 1924 in Oboin County, TN, he was the son of the late Bloomer Batts & Della Murphy Batts. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII aboard the USS Dobbin and USS Providence.

Calvin married Willie Mae Horn on October 23, 1948 in Mayfield, KY and she survives.

He was employed for 28 years with Lafayette Roofing & Sheet Metal and retired on August 1, 1986. He was a member of Elmwood Church of Christ. Calvin formerly bowled in a league. He enjoyed woodworking and the outdoors, especially searching with his metal detector, and fishing.

Surviving with his wife are his children: Dan Batts (companion Doris Bruton) of Lafayette, Marshall Batts (partner Hiroko Nakagawa) of Indianapolis, Belinda VanSlyke (husband, Taber) of Lafayette and Brenda Strantz (husband, Chris). Also surviving are three grandchildren, Amy Bennett, Sean Strantz, and Travis Bennett; two step-grandchildren, Sherri Mayhill (husband, Michael) and Jeff Strantz, and three great grandchildren.

Visitation one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service on Thursday at Hippensteel Funeral Home with Pastor Gilbert Kerrigan officiating. Burial to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Share memories and condolences online at