Joseph A. Babatz, age 82, of Rockford, passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society in Howard Lake.
The funeral service will take place Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano. There will be visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Joseph was born May 23, 1935, in Delano, to Sylvester and Evelyn (Kuchenmeister) Babatz.
He entered the US Army July 31, 1952, and served during the Korean War. Joseph was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal July 31, 1960.
He was a long-time member of the Delano American Legion Post 377.
Joseph loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Kenneth and Charles; great-granddaughter Kylee; parents; and sisters LeAnn Loew, Rita Mussehl, Dorothy AmBroz, and Rosalie Trnka.
Joseph is survived by his sons, Ronald (Kim), and Keith (Nancy); daughter-in-law, Kathy; 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.