Thomas “Tommy” W. Battin, Reelsville,IN

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Thomas “Tommy” W. Battin, 78, of Reelsville, Indiana, passed away on March 8, 2024 following a lengthy illness.

Tommy was born on January 24, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Ervin and Thelma (Merrill) Battin. He graduated from Reelsville High School with the class of 1965. He worked for Lone Star (now Buzzi Unicem) for more than 40 years before retiring. Tommy held many positions within the plant. For the last 20 years of his career, Tommy had worked as a welder. Tommy was the go-to resource for many challenging projects within the plant. He was a problem solver who could create the tools necessary to make life easier for those he worked with.

When he wasn’t working, Tommy enjoyed spending time outdoors. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, target shooting, bird watching, and swimming. He also was a talented artist. He was an accomplished wood carver, painter, and knife maker. Most of all, Tommy loved spending time with his family – especially his grandkids.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Ervin and Thelma Battin; son Shawn Battin; grandchildren: Scott Parker and Tim Parker; siblings: Patty May, Raymond Battin, and an infant sister Maxine Battin.

Tommy is survived by his wife Julia Jean (Chew) Battin whom he married on August 21, 1965. He is also survived by his daughter Kristi Short (Tom); son Brent Battin (Julie); daughter-in-law Angie Battin; grandchildren: Bailee Parker, Dylan Battin (Hannah), Blake Battin, Tanner Parker (Racheal), Tristan Short, Lexi Short (fiancé Cameron), Madi Short, Justin Renner, Jordan Battin, Ryan Battin (Stephanie Fougerousse), Ayden Battin, and Christina Parker; great-grandchildren: Grayson Battin, Anzlee Parker, Keilynn Parker, Jayden Battin, and Stella Battin; siblings: Jean Hull (Tom), Max Battin (Laurel), Loretta Wilkins, and Louise Evans (Bill); as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on March 23, 2024, from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Services will follow, at the funeral home, at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association 6500 Technology Dr, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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