A Memorial Mass for James F. Bateman, 89, will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 359 W. New York Avenue, DeLand, Florida. He was born in Jordan, NY on October 5, 1919 to James M. and Elizabeth Guyder Bateman and passed away on May 4, 2009 at his residence in Lake Helen, Fla. Mr. Bateman was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He served proudly with the [3rd] Marine Raider Battalion during WWII. He was a former Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff in Syracuse, NY, and in later years, a school bus driver for the Jordan-Elbridge Central School System in Jordan, NY. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Esther; his son, John (Robin) Bateman; his daughter, Jill M. Thurston and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129 or St. Peter Catholic Church in his honor.