Hatcher, Charles

Written by David Green.

Charles T. Hatcher, 71, of Toledo, Ohio, died March 9, 2007, at Flower Hospital in Toledo.

He was born April 30, 1935, in Liberty Center, Ohio, to Waldo L. and Virginia Hatcher. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1953 and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1954. He completed his military service in 1958, and attended the University of Toledo. He was employed at Allied Chemical, retiring in 1989 after 30 years of employment.

Charles will be remembered for his strong patriotism, vast historical knowledge, zest for wilderness conservation, pride in the Hatcher and Drake family roots in the United States dating back to the 1640s, ironic sense of humor, and, most importantly, unconditional love for his children.

Charles is survived by three children, a daughter, Julie Hatcher (and Andy Roth) of Chevy Chase, Md., and two sons, Michael (and Laura) Hatcher of Roscoe, Ill., and Matte (and Kathy) Gipson of Alpharetta, Ga; seven grandchildren, Goldie, Warren, Benjamin, Kiley, Christopher, Taylor and Lindsey; two brothers, Ora (and Carol) Hatcher of Sylvania, Ohio, and Myron Hatcher of Fresno, Calif.; his loyal canine companion, Ace; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, Ohio, with Rev. Sam Wickard officiating. Military interment will follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Visitation is planned from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org <outbind://5/www.woundedwarriorproject.org> or to the National Parks Conservation Association at www.npca.org <outbind://5/www.npca.org> .

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