THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 28, 2018
Theodore "Ted" Batzer, 74, of Pulaski, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at a Green Bay hospital.
Born May 15, 1943 in Shawano, to Theodore and Gertrude (Eggebrecht) Batzer, he graduated from Gillett High School in 1961. He served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam. On April 16, 1966, he married Jean Sommerfeld at St. Johns Riverside Church in Gillett.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski where he served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and also sang in the choir.
A legend in the local aviation community, he owned and operated Carter Airport in Pulaski from 1966-1992 and was a business partner of T & G Aviation and later Blue Skies Aviation until his retirement. He logged over 8,500 hours as a flight instructor, 650 hours as an aerobatic instructor and 13,000 hours in total flight time.
He flew in the United States Aerobatic Championship in Fond du Lac in the 1970s. In the early 1980s he facilitated the Fly-n-fun event with airplane rides, aerobatic demonstrations and sky diving for the local community.
He enjoyed the outdoors, motocross racing, flying RC planes, cutting grass at the airport, chocolates, all sweets and physical activities including running, cross country skiing and racing in the American Birkebeiner. He competed in many triathlons as well as road and mountain bike races.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Jean; two sons, Jeff (Elise) Batzer, Pulaski and Chad (Jodi) Batzer, Pewaukee; two grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Wayne (Sally) Sommerfeld, Gillett; a sister-in-law, Kay (Bill) Sanders, Iola; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son.
Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, 910 S. St. Augustine Street, Pulaski on Friday, March 2 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Larry Yaw will officiate, followed by military honors by the Pulaski Area Veterans. Burial will take place in St. Johns Riverside Cemetery in Gillett. Memorials are appreciated to St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski. Marnocha Funeral Home of Pulaski is assisting the family with arrangements.