MANSFIELD, Ohio: Elnathan Stewart "Pat" Hatheway, 87, died Tuesday, December 28, 2010 following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 7, 1923 in Marseilles, Illinois to Joseph and Edith (Gum) Hatheway, moved to Frankfort, Michigan as an infant, where he grew up and attended school.
He also attended the Deforest Training Institute in Chicago.
Following high school, he entered the U.S. Army, and served during WWII in Sicily and Southern Africa.
Wounded in the service, he received a Purple Heart and three Bronze Stars.
After his hospitalization, he was assigned as a communications engineer with American Forces Radio Networks in England. He received an honorable discharge and returned home to Michigan.
He met the love of his life, Genevieve Elmer Hatheway, marrying in 1948. In 2008, they celebrated their sixtieth anniversary in Glen Lake, Michigan at a gathering hosted by their son William Hatheway, daughter Eva Harp and son-in-law Michael Harp.
Pat worked for 32 years and retired from Quanex in Shelby, Ohio. He served as President of the Steelworkers Union and was instrumental in starting a pension plan for the employees while in that role.
He was a member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church and the Madison Lions Club.
Always willing to help wherever needed, he had served as a scout leader, P.T.A. music club member, and President of the Foster Family Care Association. He was a foster parent for Children's Services for 33 years.
Weekends were always spent doing family activities. He loved family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them at his cottage in Glen Lake, Michigan for the past 25 years. During all their years of foster care, they treated the foster children to summers at the beautiful lakes in northern Michigan. Many still return to visit and remember their times with the Hatheways.
Pat had six grandchildren, Bryan (Beth) Hatheway, Whitney Hatheway, Brenda (Peter) Petroski, Aric (Julie) Harp, Lee (Tracy) Harp, and Jennie (Jon) Price. We was also a proud great-grandfather to Lindsey, Grace, Micah, Jordyn, Joel, Titus, and Isabelle. He is also survived by four sisters, Ruth, Helen, Sue, and Linda; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Those who preceded him in death include his parents, Joe and Edith; two sisters, Edith and JoeAnn; and two brothers, Joe and infant, Fred.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Werner-Gompf Funeral Services, LTD., 1106 Park Avenue East (corner of Stewart Road and PAE), Mansfield, Ohio. Funeral service, with full military honors performed by Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail, will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Ashland Road in Mansfield, Ohio at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2011. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1262 Ashland Road, Mansfield, OH 44905, MedCentral Homecare and Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, OHIO 44903,
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wernerfuneral.com
Published in the News Journal on December 31, 2010