Katherine Ruth “Katie” Anderson (Batt), 95

April 11, 1926 - August 27th  2021

Katherine Ruth “Katie” Anderson (Batt) was 95 years old when she died on Friday, August
27th  2021 in Lafayette Colorado.  Services will be held at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral
Home in Hastings, Nebraska on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, beginning with visitation at
11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 pm, and then burial at Parkview Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. Private condolences may be sent to the
family at www.lbvfh.com.
 
Katie was born on April 11, 1926, in Hastings, Nebraska to Gottlieb “Dick” Batt and Elizabeth
Ruth McIntire.  She graduated from Hastings High School in 1944 and then worked at the Naval
Ammunition Depot (NAD) outside of Hastings, where she met the love of her life, Richard
Robert “Andy” Anderson, a US Marine born in Fremont Nebraska, who had served in the Pacific
Theater during WWII.  They were married on May 23, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in
Hastings, and spent 70 wonderful years together prior to his death on November 26, 2017.
 
After her husband graduated from Hastings College in 1951, they moved to Ames, Iowa where
he performed post-graduate work in physics at Iowa State College, while she worked as a
secretary for scientists at the Ames Laboratory of the Atomic Energy Commission. In the early
1950’s they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Andy worked at Douglas Aircraft and North
American Aviation.
 
Their son Scott was born in 1956, and son Steven was born in 1958. Katie was a wonderful,
devoted mother to her children, doing early teaching, taking them to museums and activities, and
instilling in them her love of music. Her sons remember a happy childhood of fun, creativity, and
learning.  Katie was always interested in singing, and briefly had her own local radio show in
Hastings where she sang popular songs.  Active in Bible studies, she was referred to as the “Root
Christian” of the family, but she would certainly say that that title truly belonged to her own
mother.
 
The family moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1966, where her husband worked at Ball Aerospace. 
After her children were in their teens, Katie worked as a secretary for a real estate development
company, and then returned to government civil service, working as a purchasing manager at the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Laboratory in Boulder.
 
The family went on vacations to California, the southwestern US, the Black Hills, and many
other places, building a love of travel, history, and exploration in their children.  A two-day
personal visit to the Hollywood set of the Daniel Boone show in July of 1968 was particularly
memorable to Katie and her sons.  In her later years, she greatly enjoyed visiting with her
extended family and cooking wonderful food for them.
 
Katie is survived by her brother, James Robert Batt; half-brother, Donald Batt; half-sister, Phyllis
Batt; sons, Scott (Wendy Hervi) and Steven (Margery Graham); grandchildren, Nathalie, James,
Megan Lundberg (Nate), Caryn Fugitt (Trent), John Tyler Hervi Walker, and David; great-
grandchildren, Carter Fugitt, Taylor Grace Fugitt, Colton Fugitt, and Tinlee Fugitt; David’s
children, Jaden and Benjamin; and nieces & nephews, Candace Fagot (Randy), David Batt (Sue),
Sue Racine (Dirk) and Sandra Smidt (Lonnie). She was predeceased by her husband, Richard
Robert Anderson and her brother, Richard Lee Batt.