John "Jack" Baatz

February 8, 1934February 19, 2018
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John “Jack” Baatz

CHAPIN - John “Jack” Baatz passed away unexpectedly in his home surrounded by his family on Feb. 19, 2018. Born on Feb. 8, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, he spent most of his life as a resident of Spring Lake, NJ, and moved to Chapin, SouthCarolina, four years ago. He was a graduate of St. Rose in Belmar, NJ, and attended Notre Dame University. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Navy as a weatherman from 1952-57. He then worked at Wonder Bread -East Brunswick, NJ, as a sales manager -he was there for 42 years. He was an exempt member of the Spring Lake Goodwill Fire Co. #2 and the Spring Lake First Aid Squad, where he also served as ex-captain. Those left to cherish his memory are his lovely wife of 57 years, Marilyn “Lynn” Baatz; children, Joseph Baatz (Cathy); Jaclyn Bader (Alan); Mark Baatz (Yvonne Torres fiancée); grandson, Joshua Bader (Lindsay) and their son Aaron James; granddaughter, Emily Bader; grandson, Joseph Baatz Jr. (Tiffany) and great-grandsons, Christopher John and Billy Zachariah; his sister Patricia Meltesen (Tom); brother-in-law Tom Wilson (Cheryl); and a large extended family. He is the son of the late Margaret Baatz and John Baatz Sr. He is predeceased by his beloved grandson, Christopher John Baatz. He was the most loving, generous, caring and big hunk of a man. He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved and knew him. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., with a service immediately following, on Friday, February, 23, 2018 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Children’s Center of Neptune New Jersey, New Jersey.


  • Visitation Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 23, 2018

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February 23, 2018

I'm sorry for your loss. Please find comfort from the words written in the Bible at Isaiah 43:2.

Laura Huggins

February 23, 2018

Jack was a treasure. Lynn, we are thinking and praying for you and the whole family. He was just one of those special people that you hold dear in your heart--no matter how long or short you knew him. I count myself blessed to have had the privilege of spending time with you both.

Lynn Hannah

February 23, 2018

Jack was always a ray of sunshine at Pinochle, at Trivia, and at the pool. Such a wonderful man. He will be missed!

Brandon Liles

February 23, 2018

I will miss having Jack pop into the office to visit Mark and tell stories. He was always smiling and always willing to offer assistance.

Suzy Pope

February 23, 2018

So sorry to hear of Uncle Jack's passing. Remembing him will always make me smile. Sending love to Aunt Lynn, Joe, Jacki, Mark and all your families.

Michael Scala

February 23, 2018

Our condolence to Lynn and family. Jack was a great guy...the first in line to lend a hand and always with a big smile.

February 23, 2018

Jack was a regular to Bermuda. Always a gentlemen, family man and gentle giant. His Bermuda family will miss him terribly. The Madeiros household will cherish the many memories, great times and laughs we shared.
Ray,Nancy, Wendy & Chris

Pattie Wisliceny

February 22, 2018

So sorry to hear this. Wonderful memories of him. God bless ❤❤

Jane Gutshall-Walsh

February 22, 2018

My condolences to you all! I hope he and my dad are laughing like old times again! May you find comfort in his memory and all of the lives he touched through the years.

February 22, 2018

I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray constantly."