Stillwater News Press


September 13, 2012

Leon “Grump” Bateson

Leon “Grump” Bateson, 73, of Stillwater, passed from this life on Wednesday, Sept.  12, 2012.  Services are under the direction of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and will be held at 10:30 on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in the Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. with    family to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Leon was born on April 2, 1939 to George and Tillie Bateson in Vinco, Okla.  He was raised and educated in the Perkins area, graduating from Perkins High School.   On May 21, 1960, he married the love of his life      Glenda (Bentley) Bateson in Coyle, a union that lasted 52 years.  In 1965, Leon started Leon’s Auto Trim and Glass in Stillwater which he still operated until his passing.  He was an Eagle, and a member of the Elks Lodge as well as volunteering his time and cooking skills for various charities including Judith Karmen Hospice.  Leon enjoyed competing in car shows and restoring old vehicles.  Most mornings Leon could be found at his shop drinking coffee and reminiscing with friends.  His greatest project, however, was helping to raise his   grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.

 Leon is survived by his wife Glenda of the home, children Kimberly Randolph and husband Jason of   Broken Arrow, and Brent Bateson and wife Jeana of Stillwater; siblings John Bateson of Perkins, Bonnie Bowden and husband Joe of Nowata, Janelle Punches and husband Bob of Portland, Texas, and Gary Bateson and wife Phyllis of Sapulpa; grandchildren Caden Cowles, Jase Randolph, Hunter Bateson, and Hannah Bateson, as well as his beloved dog Missy, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

 In addition to his parents George and Tillie Bateson, Leon was preceded in death by siblings Wanita Bateson, Richard Bateson, Annabelle Pennington, and Pauline Harting.

 Memorial Contributions may be made in his honor to Judith Karmen Hospice ( ) or the American Lung Association (1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC 20004).

 Friends may leave condolences for the family via an online guestbook at or on facebook at


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Patricia (White) Noland

    Patricia (White) Noland, 79, of Stillwater, Okla., passed from this life on July 18, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • James Jim Mullins

    James Jim Mullins, 78, of Cushing, passed from this life Monday July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sheperd-JW-obit.jpg John Watkins Sheperd Jr.

    John Watkins Sheperd Jr., 86, passed away Friday, July 18, at his home in Stillwater, Okla. His memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fox-Ralph-obit.jpg Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox

    Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox, 99, of Stillwater, Okla., passed away peacefully on June 28, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • William-Savory-obit.jpg William Dean Savory

    William Dean Savory, Wellston resident, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Stillwater at the age of 60 years.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 21, 2014

  • Hesser-Gloria-obit.jpg Gloria Ann Hesser

    Gloria Ann Hesser, 74, passed away in Stillwater, Okla., on July 18, 2014.
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Sunnybrook Christian Church,

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillie Maxine Dunford

    Lillie Maxine Dunford, a longtime Perry resident, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Perry Green Valley Nursing Home, Perry at the age of 96.

    July 21, 2014

  • Glen-Dale-Nixon-obit.jpg Glen Dale Nixon

    Glen Dale Nixon, age 58, of Oklahoma, passed away July 5, 2014, in Oklahoma City after a long illness.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • HUMPHREY-MAXINE-obit.jpg Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Her graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase
NDN Video
What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad
Must Read