Hatcher, Charles

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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    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.