Robert Leroy Baton, Sr., 74, of Bethune, and formerly of Richmond, RI, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Born in Wakefield, RI, on September 30, 1946, he was the son of the late Arthur H. and Elizabeth Krus Baton and the husband of Georgiana Cairnes Baton. Robert was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church - Canonchet. He served in the US Marine Corps, was a Vietnam Veteran, and a Purple Heart Recipient. He was a member of the VFW Post #17. Robert retired after 33 years from General Dynamics, where he worked in the Electric Boat Division as a Submarine Model Maker. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Bethune, SC, where he spent the last 16 years and made countless new friends. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a lifetime member of B.A.S.S. Robert enjoyed traveling, especially back home to Rhode Island to visit his family. He was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his son, Robert L Baton, Jr. (Darlene); and daughters, Ginger Williams (Dave) and Lisa Baton (Randy); his brother, Harold Baton (Shirley); sisters, Eleanor Smith, Nancy Tanner, Linda Baton, and Debra Baton (Bob); grandchildren, Amanda Martell, David Williams, Annaliese Kenney (AKA Elly May), Bryan Malo, Ryan Malo, and Andrew Malo; and great-grandchildren, Isabella Korn, Avery Malo, Dahlia Malo, Rylan Malo, Aiden Malo, and Cameron Malo; along with many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Bob.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Baton; brother-in-law, Ralph Tanner; and nephew, Arty Baton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Walk through calling hours will be held at S.R. Avery Funeral Home, 3A Bank St. Hope Valley, RI on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Social distancing guidelines and other public health directives (i.e., use of facemasks) will be in place with an indoor capacity limit of 50. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 26 at 11:00am at Rockville Cemetery, Rockville, RI with no more than 500 in attendance.