John E. Pohlman, 84, Batesville, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Margaret Mary Health.
Born June 9, 1929, in Batesville, he was the son of Bertha (Timmerman) and John T. Pohlman.
He served in the Army during the Korean War. After the service, John ran a couple of gas stations, which led to positions with Cooper Tires and Gates Rubber Co. before becoming a salesman and sales manager in the health care industry for over 30 years.
He married Kathleen Oesterling Sept. 15, 1951, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Oldenburg, and she preceded him in death Sept. 18, 2010. John was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 1461, a 50-year Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 member and former Oldenburg Conservation Club member.
An outdoor enthusiast, it’s not surprising many of John’s favorite activities involved being outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, loved to play golf and did quite a bit of hunting in his day. Rabbit, squirrel, bird and deer hunting were among his favorites. For many years he sponsored an archery tournament he called the Peach Tree Open on his property outside of town. His family always remembers Dad having a boat even from their earliest memories. Although not a gardener, he raised tomatoes and was a devoted backyard bird feeder who literally had the bluebirds eating out of his hands. Growing up with and caring for bird dogs, he liked having them around, but did not want them in the house. A great storyteller, his grandkids loved to listen to him entertain them about life back in the day. And if you knew John, you knew he would often break out in song whenever and wherever the mood would strike.
He is survived by daughters Mary Pohlman, Westerville, Ohio, Jan Enneking, Batesville, Linda Wolters, Indianapolis, and Lisa Durkin, Waconia, Minn.; son Tim Pohlman, Batesville; sister Marilyn Elliot, Sun City, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation is Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4-7 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Holy Family Church with the Rev. David Kobak, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Louis Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 and Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183. The family requests memorials to Prell-Bland American Legion.