Raleigh S. Battles, 102, of Bethalto, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Rosewood Care Center in Alton.
He was born in Nokomis, Ill., on June 19, 1912, the son of the late Luther and Clara (Gray) Battles.
He married Beulah E. (Ernst), in October of 1932; she passed away in January of 1981. He then married Virginia (Owens) Reynolds in October of 1982, she passed away in March of 2007.
Raleigh was a pipe galvanizer at Laclede Steel for 25 years. He was a Sunday school teacher and Deacon at the 1st Baptist Church of Cottage Hills and a Deacon at 1St Southern Baptist in Forest Homes. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, making people laugh with his jokes and most of all spending time with his family.
He is survived by four children, Stephen (Carol) Battles of Marine, Darrell (Ruth) Battles of Granite City, Bob (Edna) Battles of Bethalto, and Mary Ann (Waine) Ward of Alton; four stepchildren, Delmar (Carol) Reynolds of Senoia, Ga., Calvin (Sharon) Reynolds of Clarksville, Tenn., Brenda (Joe) Shelton of East Alton and Karen Cannon of South Roxana; 10 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren, 18 stepgrandchildren, 39 stepgreat-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, several nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Beulah; his second wife, Virginia (Owens) Reynolds-Battles; a daughter-in-law, Dorotha Battles; a brother and sister-in-law, Spruill and Irene Battles, two stepsons, Brad Reynolds and Fred Reynolds; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Peggy Reynolds.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be directed to 1st Southern Baptist Church in Forest Homes and or the Wounded Warriors project.
Online condolences and guest book may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.