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Samuel Joseph BatluckSamuel J. Batluck, 98, transitioned peacefully due to natural causes, into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 23, 2021 in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO. Born in Scranton, PA on March 14, 1923 to John and Anna Batluck, Sam was the 5th of 9 children and the oldest son. Graduating from Scranton Technical High School in 1941, Sam served in the U.S. Navy as a SeaBee (construction) from 1943-1945 achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E7). He was deployed to the Philippines in support of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945. Sam graduated from Penn State with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and joined the industrial shop faculty in 1960 of the high school where he graduated. He retired in 1988 with over 28 years in teaching. Sam was an avid family man, churchman, and wood craftsman. He married Ann Sokoloski in September 1947 and was predeceased by his wife in 2007. Survivors include: his youngest sister Georgiann Batluck of Pompton Plains, NJ; his daughter Beverly Ann Bates (Bill) of Chesapeake, VA; his son David J. Batluck (Cindy) of Lancaster, PA; his son Joseph S. Batluck, Sr. (Irene) of Nixa, MO. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was a fiercely proud patriot and American and flew his flag daily (in good weather) while living in his own home. He was loved and will be missed by many. Internment services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.
Sam and I met at our housing developments community yard sale. I was ending a free-dress service that my daughters and I organized from our home. He stopped and asked what was I doing with all those dresses. I informed him that I intended to donated the remaining 500 dresses to a charity. In his always charitable nature, Sam arranged for the dresses to be donated to teen challenged womans chapter. A wonderful friendship grew and we spent many of afternoons together as he told wonderful stories. So when people ask me how I met Sam? My answer is always he came to me for a dress. That always made him smile. Thank you touching so many lives.
Kathi Kauffman Oct 29 2021 12:00 AM