COLUMBUS–Rev. Samuel Batt age 98 died on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Home Again Assisted Living in Columbus.
He was born on January 18, 1921 in Laurel MT the son of David J. and Katherine (Neibauer) Batt. He attended public schools and earned a BA from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 1943. He graduated from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville with a Master of Divinity degree. He was married to Minerva Meyer Diekvoss on December 28, 1946 in Naperville. He served 40 years of ministry at Wood Dale, Dixon Grace, Villa Park Calvary, Barrington Salem and Chicago East Side, all in Illinois.
Rev. Batt was active on the conference boards including Christian Education, Pensions, Ministry, United Methodist Foundation and Council on Ministries. He was Clergy Delegate to eight General Conferences and four Jurisdictional Conferences of the Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist Churches and served on the Board of Trustees at Evangelical Theological Seminary. The couple retired to Columbus where they were active in local church and community.
Rev. Batt was Pastor of Visitation for the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church and was a volunteer at the Colonial Club Senior Activity Center in Sun Prairie. He was a member of the Columbus Kiwanis Club, the Columbus Country Club and a member of bell and community choirs.
Rev. Batt was past president of the Columbus Public Library board of directors and was a school tutor and volunteer for English as a second language for the Columbus Literacy Council.
Survivors include his wife Minerva of 72 years; two daughters Phyllis (Jeffrey) Jackson of Elkhorn NE and Janis Batt of St. Paul MN; granddaughter Catherine (Matthew) Bosley; great grandsons Kobe and Jackson; great granddaughters Madison and Luella Bosley of Gretna NE; sister-in-law Barbara Meyer of Ripon; nieces, nephews, clergy colleagues and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, brother John and grandson Christopher Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the COLUMBUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Columbus. Rev. Kim Brumm and Rev. Jim Cotter will co-officiate.
Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ripon at a later date.
Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Jensen Funeral & Cremation and from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of service at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Columbus or Sun Prairie United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.jensenfuneralandcremation.com
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