- Richard Batla Richard Batla, 90, of Taylor, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Johns Community Hospital. Family visitation will be 6-7 p.m.Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2012View Source
Richard Batla, 90, of Taylor, Texas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Johns Community Hospital.
Family visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at Providence Funeral Home. Celebration of Life Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at Taylor Brethren Church with the Rev. James Hejl officiating. Burial will follow at Taylor City Cemetery.
Richard was born July 17, 1916 in Granger to Joseph and Emily Vitek Batla. He married Christine Turek on Aug. 26, 1941 at the Granger Brethren Church, a marriage that would last 60 years.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather that loved gardening, helping bake kolaches at the church and playing 42 domino tournaments with his wife Christine.
He was a member of the Beyersville S.P.J.S.T. He also enjoyed traveling, cooking and working on things that needed to be repaired. In his younger adult life he was very much into the Czech (calisthenics) - Sokol. He loved playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His eyes always lit up when the great-grandchildren came to see him.
Richard worked for many years as a mechanic and parts manager for the Dodge/Pontiac dealership.
He used his knowledge as a mechanic to teach his grandson Bill Pfeiffer Jr. to work on cars, trucks and lawnmowers and told him he would have this learning to fall back on.
When Christine passed away he took his granddaughter Christine Sutherland with him to play dominos, go visit people and take walks together. They had many lunch dates together. He could always go and talk with her when he felt lonely.
Richard was a deeply religious man and like working with the church. He was a member of the Taylor Brethren Church. He had a very calming nature about him and never got impatient with anyone or anything. Even though he only had an eighth grade education he was a very intelligent man. He had a love for life and lived life to the fullest. He always kept busy even after he retired.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Jeanette Sutherland and husband, Richard of Taylor; grandchildren, Bill Pfeiffer Jr. and partner Tonya Avery and Christie Sutherland, all of Taylor; step-grandchildren, Rick Sutherland and partner Mary Esther Middleton and Joe Sutherland and wife Katarina, all of Austin; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Pfeiffer of Giddings, Cooper Sutherland, Ian Sutherland and Shea Sutherland, all of Austin; sister, Henrietta Machalek of Laramie, Wyo.; sisters-in-law, Elfie Stauffer and husband Harry of Thrall and Louise Batla of Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, four brothers, August, Victor, Stanley and Joe Batla.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Wuensche, A.J. Batla, Vince Batla, Richard Machalek, Curtis Stauffer and Jerry Turek.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Taylor Brethren Church, P.O. Box 351, Taylor, TX. 76574.
Taylor Daily Press - (Jan/3/2007)
*********************************Richard Batla, age 90, died December 30, 2006. He was born July 17, 1916, in Granger, Texas and was a member of the Taylor Brethren Church.Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Christine (Turek) Batla and is survived by his daughter, Jeanette Sutherland, and her husband Richard of Taylor; two grandchildren, two-step-grandchilodren, and four great-grandchildren.Services were held at the Taylor Brethren Church on January 3, 2007. Minister: James Hejl.Brethren Journal July-August 2007Submitted by Rosemary Ermis