Elmer Louis Batschelet, 94, of rural Pierce City, died on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his home near Pierce City.

Mr. Batschelet was born near Spencer, Iowa, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1918, to Arthur and Stella (Greene) Batschelet. He was educated in schools in rural Lincoln township and Spencer, Iowa. In World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier, Ticonderoga. Mr. Batschelet was a member of The First Congregational Church in Pierce City.

Mr. Batschelet married Mary Aileen Holmberg on Dec. 21, 1946. They made their homes on farms in Northwest Iowa before moving to their farm in Southwest Missouri in 1957. Together they raised eight children.
Mr. Batschelet was a cattle farmer and worked in construction before retiring in 1983. He supported his children and then his grandchildren's involvement in school sports. He enjoyed working with his horses and mules.

Surviving are the following: one son, John Batschelet of Kansas City, Mo.; six daughters, Linda Jabour (Philip), Brandon, Miss., Alice Gore (Louis), Allen, Texas, Donna Benesch (Doug), San Clemente, Calif., Doris Batschelet, Mesquite, Texas, Mary Lou Morley (Gerald), Neosho, and Karen Nine (Mike), Neosho; three grandchildren, Philip Louis Jabour, Anna Ray Nine, and Sara Ann Nine; sisters-in-law, Ruth Batschelet and Roselyn Holmberg, Spencer, Iowa; brother-in-law, John Holmberg (Edith), New Brighton, Minn.; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Mr. Batschelet was preceded in death by the following: his wife; one son, Donald; his parents; and a brother and sister, Robert and Dorothy.

The family will receive friends at The First Congregational Church from 6:30–8 p.m. today. Services will be at The First Congregational Church on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. with Rev. J.R. Duncan and Darren Helms officiating. Burial will follow at Jolly Bethel Cemetery near Pierce City, under the direction of Lakin Funeral Home of Pierce City.

Memorials may be made to the Congregational Church or Jolly Bethel Cemetery.