Obituary of Norman Franklin Batchelor “Batch”
Fire Chief, Emeritus
Norman Franklin Batchelor, known by most as “Batch” passed away gently in the care of his family in Millsboro, DE on December 13, 2019. He was born on November 6, 1930 to the late William Franklin and Maybelle Waller Batchelor in Salisbury, MD. He married his beloved Yvonne on October 10, 1954, together they raised three children and shared 56 years of marriage until her death in 2010. Batch lived a unique life of public service, beginning with his 40 year career with the telephone company, as the company changed from Diamond State Phone Company, to Bell Atlantic, to eventually Verizon. He served 65 years with the Millsboro Fire Company, serving as Fire Chief, President, and various other positions within the fire company. He was also a Field Instructor for the Delaware State Fire School for many years and served for 40 years as Parliamentarian of the Sussex County Fireman’s Association. He was appointed Fire Chief, Emeritus in recognition of his life-long devotion to the Millsboro Fire Company as well being presented with the “Ned Carey Award as "Fireman of the Year" in 2009. He received a "Lifetime Achievement" award in 2014 for his 60 years of service. All the while, he was a devoted family man, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church serving on the Vestry and the Men’s Club.
He is survived by his daughters: Betsy B. Bradley, of Millsboro, DE; Norma B. Bergey (Curtis R.), of Suffolk, VA; and Teresa Osborn (Lon M.), of Houston, TX. He has four grandchildren: William R. Bergey (Christina); Kristina Bergey (Derek Hunt); Megan Saunder (Christopher); and Elizabeth Carpenter (Brandon) along with three beautiful great grandchildren: Amelia Bergey; Emily Saunders; and Isabelle Bergey. Also surviving are sisters-in-law: Katharine B. Allen, of Mardela Springs, MD; Joan Batchelor, of Georgetown, DE; and Kay Batchelor, of Millsboro, DE. Batch has an “adopted family” who survive him: Lori Bergey; Linda Johnson; and Mike Mitchell. Batch leaves behind several nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family, as well as his fire colleagues and many, hundreds and hundreds of lives he touched through his service and sacrifice. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Richard Batchelor; G. Neal Batchelor; and Cornelia Batchelor.
A special Fire Dept. Procession with police escort will be held beginning at 12:00 Noon Saturday December 21, 2019 originating at Watson Funeral Home to carry Batch to Station 83 on his beloved Reo antique fire truck. A funeral service and Celebration of His Life will follow with full Fire Department Honors at the Millsboro Fire Company, Station 83 at 3:00 PM. Friends and family may call two hours prior from 1:00 PM till 3:00 PM. Fire Chaplain Robert Hudson will officiate. Private interment will be held at a later date.
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