Obituary of John David Bathgate, 52
|Name of Deceased||John David Bathgate|
|Date of Death||03/26/2010|
|Date of Birth||05/22/1957|
|Funeral Home||Koch Funeral Home|
John David Bathgate, 52, of Middlebury Center, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Born May 22, 1957, in Bellefonte, he was a son of John C. Bathgate and Susan Dreese, of State College. On June 26, 1976, he married the love of his life, Wendy Snyder, who survives at home.
John was a 1975 graduate of State College High School. John had a life-long love of farming. For many years, he farmed part-time while working other jobs. Eventually, he turned his full-time attention to crop and dairy farming, and in 1999 he achieved a dream of owning his own farm. In recent years he also owned and operated a tri-axle truck while continuing to farm. During his illness, John had to make many difficult decisions, and he courageously decided to undergo a lung transplant. He showed great fortitude as he fought to overcome the complications that followed. His family and friends will always remember his independence, devotion and caring spirit.
Along with his parents and his wife, he is survived by a son of whom he was very proud, John J. Bathgate and his wife, Jessica, of Westfield; two grandchildren he cherished, Rob and Chris Bathgate; two sisters, LeAnn Lorenz and her husband, Eric, of State College, and Betsy Ferdock and her husband, Michael, of Hatfield; in-laws, James and Judy Snyder, of Port Matilda; sister-in-law, Tammy Massa, of Harrisburg; brother-in-law, James Snyder, of Port Matilda; and nieces, Jennifer Lorenz, of State College, Christina and Melissa Ferdock, of Hatfield and Lisa Markwood, of Harrisburg; along with extended family and many friends.
Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2010, at Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. John's funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010, at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul E. Grabill officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.