Cletus J. Tekulve, 85

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Cletus J. Tekulve, 85, of Morris, died Sunday, May 15, 2016, at his home. Born Dec. 14, 1930, in Batesville, he was the son of Anna (Schott) and Frank "Shorty" Tekulve.
He married Doris Hilty on May 30, 1954, at St. Jerome's Church in El Cerrito, California.
Clete served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.
After the service, he purchased and ran Tekulve Florist for 20 years.
He was a member of the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271, a lifetime member of the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183, as well as serving as Batesville Fire Department's Assistant Fire Chief for 15 years. He was also one of the original member of the Life Squad.
Clete was a colorful individual. He had a lifelong passion for fishing. He also liked to garden, which was apparently limited to raising onions. According to the family, he enjoyed cooking, though whether it was edible was a different story.
Clete also had a nickname for each of the grandkids, loved potato pancakes, limburger cheese, collected coins and was happy to discuss politics and didn't mind trying to correct you way of thinking if he disagreed.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters Margie (Don) Maple, Mary (Jay) Pfeiffer, Diana Tekulve, all of Batesville; son, James A. (Jane) Tekulve of Morris; sisters, Joan Navarra of Greensburg, Pat Schutte of Harrison, Ohio, Sheila Doerflinger of Greensburg; brother, James L. Tekulve of Phoenix, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Dale Hirt.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Kobak, O. F. M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. and the Prell-Bland American Legion.
The family requests memorials to Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Research or the Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund. Weigel Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published on May 16, 2016
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