John Henry Battles


January 19, 1939 - April 13, 2023

John Henry Battles, 84, of Edgemont, S.D., passed away April 13, 2023 in Rapid City, S.D. John was born in Modesto California to Thomas Walter Battles and Willie Mae Janoe-Battles on January 16, 1939.  John proudly served in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1964.

John was a collector of treasures his entire life, he worked the flea markets in Northern California for many years before retiring in Edgemont in 1993. John owned Battles Antiques in Edgemont, and even after closing his store, everyone knew if they were in need of a tool or rare item, John likely had it. 

Grateful for sharing in his life is his companion of over 40 years, Debbie Battles of Yankton; daughters, Brenda (Robert) Sensanbaugher, and Sandy Battles (John Devore) all of Edgemont; grandchildren, Johnathon Battles of Edgemont, Ashley (Houston) Seaton of Summerville, S.C., Jacob Mack and Audrey Tollman of Rapid City, Sierra (Edwin) Morano of Goose Creek, S.C., Nevaeh Zimiga of Edgemont, and Justin Zimiga of Plankinton; the apples of his eye - his great-grandchildren, Magnolia, Harper, Beau, Georgia and Hazel; brothers, Franklin (Mary) Battles of San Jose, Cali., and Howard Battles of Vernal, Utah.  

The family would like to thank the Hospice House of Rapid City for the amazing care they provided John.

Services will be held at Chamberlain McColley Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Thursday April 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. 

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

Fall River County Herald Star

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