Christopher Olin Batchelder, 86, of Rochester died April 16, 2021 at Charter House with his wife, Kay, holding his hand.
Born in Faribault, MN. September 5, 1934, Chris was the seventh of eight children of Edith (Olin) Batchelder and Kelsey Chase Batchelder. Chris and Kay (Klinkerfues) were married September 7, 1957. They were joined by their beloved daughter, Jennifer, in 1964.
Chris graduated from Faribault High School. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota and did post-graduate work in Law and Public Administration. He fulfilled his ROTC obligation serving in the Army Adjutant General Corp as a lieutenant. During the Berlin Crisis, he shared responsibility for mobilizing reserve units in five eastern states. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal upon discharge.
Chris started his career at Mayo Clinic in June of 1963 as an Administrative Assistant. He was later elected to the voting staff and retired from Mayo in 1996.
Chris was highly involved in his church and community in many capacities including: serving as chair of the Jail Study Advisory Board and the Detention Center Planning Committee for Olmsted County, and on the Board of Directors of the MN Citizens Council on Crime and Justice. He served on the Executive Committee of the Rochester Branch of the NAACP, and was chairman of the local advisory committee for Planned Parenthood. He taught 4th grade Sunday school and served as Senior Warden for St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Chris was very proud to have been a mentor to many young people at Mayo and through community/church work.
Chris is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kay, daughter, Jennifer, his brother John, his sisters-in-law Janet Batchelder and Orvella Batchelder and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Rochester, MN) will hold a funeral service on Saturday, September 11 at 11 AM. Visitation one hour before, and briefly following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated for Mayo Foundation, St. Luke's Episcopal Church or Planned Parenthood.
Rochester, MN 55901
Kay and Jennifer, Chris was a caring and kind man who made a difference throughout his life. I was fortunate to know and work with him at Mayo Rochester. My heart goes out to you in this time of great loss.