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John Schafer Batz
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1916
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 8, 2007
Pike County
Illinois, USA

John Schafer Batz, 91, died Sat, December 8, 2007 at Liberty Village, Pittsfield, IL. John Schafer Batz was born to John and Rose Schafer Batz on June 25, 1916. They were living on a farm close to Pittsfield, IL. John was a 1933 graduate from Pittsfield Higbee High School and worked as a livestock dealer and farmer for a number years. He married Melva Lorene Lemasters, Christian, Batz on Jan. 2, 1955 at the Whiteside Baptist Church in Missouri at noon. They honeymooned in Florida while Melva's brother Carroll took care of John's dogs. John and Melva decided to have a herb farm where they raised Ginseng and Golden Seal, herbs used for medical purposes. John belonged to the Ginseng Association and the Specialty Crop Growers of Illinois. He was one of the first to take a course in civil defense and to build a bomb shelter. In 1982, their grandson Kirby Hobbs joined them in running the farm. In John's boyhood days, he liked to have dogs to roam the woods and go hunting with his friends. In his leisure, John read hundreds of National Geographic, hunting, and farm magazines in his lifetime. He prided himself on eating nutritionally, had a very strong work ethic, and based his philosophy of life on his German heritage. On Aug. 2, 2005, John accepted the Lord as his personal savior at the age of 89. He was always interested in his family and other Christian friends. He always tried to make everyone welcome. He had a lot of visitors that came to his Ginseng herb gardens over the years. In later years, he spent his time greeting the customers for Kirby at the Sears store for about 4 years after he could not longer work. He was called home to be with the Lord on Dec. 8,2007.
John was preceded in death by his parents John and Rose Schafer Batz, 2 sisters Mary Batz and Rose Benjamin, 1 brother William Batz, 1 sister-in-law Evelyn Batz, and 1 step granddaughter Sarah Faith Hobbs all of Pittsfield, and 1 step son-in-law Gerald Presley of Jonesboro, Arkansas. He leaves his wife to mourn his death, 2 step daughters, 5 step grandchildren and 13 step great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Pittsfield. Memorials are to the Blessing Hospice of Pike County or Oakwood Cemetery.
Family links: 
  John Batz (1856 - 1934)
  Rose I Schafer Batz (1881 - 1966)
  Melva L. LeMasters Batz (1924 - 2010)
  John Schafer Batz (1916 - 2007)
  Mary Elizabeth Batz (1917 - 2004)*
  William Batz (1919 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Pike County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Kathy Robinson
Record added: Mar 19, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126595960
John Schafer Batz
Added by: Kathy Robinson
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