Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Elmer Battler[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1908 - 1945  (37 years)


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  • Name Elmer Battler 
    Born 11 Mar 1908  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Interesting murder, crime, story 
    Religion 1911  New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Baptist 
    Misfortune 1945 
    murdered by Henry Joseph Dietrich 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-199873 
    Died 13 Jul 1945  [1, 7
    Cause: auto accident 
    Person ID I199873  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Thomas Ervin Hervy Battler,   b. Feb 1876, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Lucinda Bock,   b. 20 Mar 1881, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1985, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years) 
    Family ID F187967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruby Viola Snider,   b. 1914,   d. 22 Aug 2011, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F42619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Mar 1908 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1911 - New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Battler. - Elmer Battler, Kitchener, Ont., was born in Wilmot Twp., March 11, 1908; passed away suddenly as the result of an accident, July 13, 1945; aged 37 y. 4 m. 2 d. He is survived by his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Battler, of Kitchener), his wife (Ruby Viola Snider), one son (David), one daughter (Janice), 6 brothers (Ewart and Ross, of Kitchener; Manson, of Quebec; Lloyd and Ivan, overseas; and Reginald, at home), and 2 sisters (Ethel, of London; and Bertha - Mrs. Leo Scherrer, of Sunnyside). He was known for his quiet demeanor, his kindliness and good will. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, in charge of the pastor, C. F. Derstine. Theme: "Preparation to Meet Our Maker."

      Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 20 - August 17, 1945, page 383, 384

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      Second Trial Convicts Man of 1945 Murder

      Kitchener (CP) - Henry Joseph Dietrich, 45, of Kitchener has been found guilty of non-capital murder in the 1945 shooting death of taxi driver Elmer Battler.

      Mr. Justice Haines of the Ontario Supreme Court sentenced Dietrich to life imprisonment but said he will recommend that Dietrich be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. It was Dietrich's second trial in connection with the death of the Kitchener taxi driver July 13, 1945. Mr. Justice Haines said that while evidence indicated that Dietrich was not insane, he had been mentally ill for a long time. Dietrich was first arrested Nov. 23, 1963, in London, Ont.

      He pleaded guilty to a charge of non-capital murder on Sept. 7, 1966, but later was granted a new trial by the Ontario Court of appeal on grounds that he had pleaded guilty to the wrong charge and no jury was empaneled when the plea was taken.

      Ottawa Citizen 20 Sep 1968

  • Sources 
    1. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Ethel May Battler.

    2. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Ivan W. Battler - 2002.

    3. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Lloyd Ervin Battler.

    4. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Lucinda Bock - Battler.

    5. [S2403] News - Unidentified Newspaper Obituary, Obituary of Manson Battler.

    6. [S346] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1911, Div. 12 Page 13.

    7. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Elmer Battler - August 17, 1945, page 383, 384.