|Henry E. Hatch, 86, Galesburg, formerly of Avon, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center, Galesburg. He was born in Avon on March 6, 1926, the son of Walter and Marie Fennessy Hatch. He married Donna Wisner on February 22, 1948 in Avon.
Surviving are his wife; children, Nancy (Jerry) VandeVoorde, East Moline, Barry Hatch, Galesburg, and Louise (Dan) Hiett, Avon; sister, Hazel Wharff, Des Moines, Iowa; brother, Jerry Hatch, Chicago; eight grandchildren, one great-grandson, two step-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, seven nieces and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, and one daughter-in-law, Karen Hatch.
Henry graduated from Avon Community High School in May 1944 and left for the Navy V-12 program two weeks later. Through the Navy, he attended Central College in Fayette, Missouri for one year. He then was stationed at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas, and finally at the ship repair unit at Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. After his discharge from the service, Henry attended Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, for one year where he was affiliated with the Theta Chi Fraternity. While attending high school and college, he enjoyed participating in many sports and musical events.
In 1947, Henry began working on the family farm near Avon and continued farming until his retirement in 1999. During the early years, he was active in the Fulton County Farm Bureau and Soil Conservation Organization. Later, he supported the community in many ways; he served on the Federated Church Board several terms, many times as president and as Universalist Church Trustee. He was a member of the Avon School Board for 11 years, six of those as president. Also, he was a trustee of the Fulton County Regional Board of School Trustees for 17 years. In addition, for 25 years, he served on the Board of Directors for Tompkins State Bank.
Henry enjoyed his family, music, sports and serving his community very much. His wisdom, love of the land, and dedication will be remembered by all who knew him.
Memorial service will be 11:00 am on Saturday January 5, 2013, at the Federated Church in Avon, IL, Rev. Jon Prain will officiate. Family will receive friends from 9:00-10:30 am at the Church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Avon Federated Church or Charity of choice. Corman Memorial Home Avon is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cormanmh.com.