Theodore “Ted” A. Batzer, Jr.

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Theodore “Ted” Batzer, 74, Pulaski, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018, at a Green Bay hospital. The son of Theodore and Gertrude (Eggebrecht) Batzer was born May 15, 1943, in Shawano. He was a 1961 graduate of Gillett High School. Ted was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served in Vietnam. On April 16, 1966, he married Jean Sommerfeld at St. Johns Riverside Church in Gillett. Ted was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski, where he had served as an elder and Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.

Ted was 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 had logged over 8,500 hours as a flight instructor, 650 hours as an aerobatic instructor, and had logged 13,000 hours in total flight time. Ted proudly flew in the U.S. Aerobatic Championship in Fond du Lac in the 1970s. In the early 1980s he facilitated the Fly-n-fun event which included airplane rides, aerobatic demonstrations, and sky diving for the local community.

Ted enjoyed being in the outdoors; motocross racing, flying RC planes, and cutting grass at the airport. He also enjoyed various 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. He enjoyed chocolate and all sweets.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Jean; two sons: Jeff (Elise) Batzer, Pulaski, and Chad (Jodi) Batzer, Pewaukee; two grandchildren, Blake Batzer, Pulaski, and Addison Batzer, Pewaukee; one brother-in-law, Wayne (Sally) Sommerfeld, Gillett, one sister-in-law, Kay (Bill) Sanders, Iola; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by one infant son.

The Funeral Service was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 2nd at St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski, Pastor Larry Yaw officiating, followed by military honors by the Pulaski Area Veterans. Burial took place in St. Johns Riverside Cemetery in Gillett.