Eugene F. Hatton

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 9/19/2013 14:00:00

202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 9/20/2013 11:00:00

Eugene F. Hatton, age 87, of Willard, Ohio passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Willows of Willard, Ohio. He was born July 31, 1926 in Willard, Ohio to the late Herbert L. and Wilma (Kilper) Hatton. He was a retired accountant for the United States Steel Railroad and was a WW II Navy veteran who served on the U.S.S. Langley. Gene was an active member of the United Methodist Church and was a volunteer in elementary schools and for Habitat for Humanity. He was a master gardener and enjoyed planting flowers and vegetables.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Herion) Hatton, whom he married in 1950 in Willard, Ohio; 2 sons, Dennis Hatton of Pittsburgh, PA and David Hatton of Philadelphia, PA; 3 daughters, Karen (Gordon) Davidson of Centerville, Ohio, Vicki (David) Leeds of Horse Shoe, N.C. and Barbara (Bill) Franke of Farmington, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Ray) Rodgers of Willard; 2 sister-in-laws, Susan (Bill) Klein of Macedonia, Ohio and Diane (Bob) Richter of Katy, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Wilma Hatton; brother, Howard (Mary) Hatton; and a sister-in-law, Ruth (Tom) Secor.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio where the funeral service will be Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Doug Beggs officiating. Burial will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stein Hospice of Sandusky or the First United Methodist Church in Willard, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Gene and Sandy Klun - Jan 7, 2021
Feeling “packly” about missing my buddy...toot
Roberta Rapp - Sep 25, 2013

JoAnn I haven’t known you and Gene very long but really enjoyed knowing him he was one of those people I wish I had known better. (and you as well). My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Susie and Bill - Sep 22, 2013

We had many great times together. Gene always knew
when things happened in our family. He remembered
everything. Amazing memory! Amazing mathematical ability! Gene, you are an amazing man! It was our pleasure to have been related to you. We love you and we will miss you. We will see you later. Save a space for us in heaven!

Barb Franke - Sep 22, 2013

Dear Dad,
So, where do I start ? I was the baby , your, “Tiny Tetty.” Dad, I sit quietly now, as I just got home from our week in Willard celebrating your life. I know you were looking down on us seeing us sobbing, touching, hugging, kissing and reminiscing about the wonderful memories that we have of you. Thank you Dad for bringing me into this world and giving me our wonderful family. The love you had for Mom and all of us was incredible. You provided for us and taught us how to be responsible and driven people. I am sorry that your sense of direction and math skills didn’t rub off on me. Thank you for Taking us kids on so many trips, passing on your love of travel, delicious meals at the Kitchi Gami club, teaching me how to stack wood the right way, saying all those infamous EF Hatton stupid sayings that I hold so dearly in my heart, letting David and I share the Camaro, making me eat all of the meat off of every bone and teaching me how to be a carnivore, waking us up at 5:30 in the morning, teaching me to be on time to work and to be the best that I can be. I will be here for mom, I will try and call her lots… I will strive to be a good spouse to Bill( even though my emotions often get in the way ) and I will always be there for Heather and Alex , you were a great gramps …. I know I will see you again Dad, you are paving the way to our pathway to heaven. I love you, Barbie

Alex Klun - Sep 22, 2013

Dear gramps, you were such an amazing person in so many ways that it is impossible for me to write everything down here but I am going to just describe a few reasons. Well, you were the man, such a great and loving dad, husband of grandma, and of course a wonderful grandpa. I have so many memories with you, going to Disney World, coming to visit you in Florida, going fishing, watching sports, eating sooo much watermelon and sweet corn on the cob and every time you would say “this is the best corn I have ever sunk my teeth into” and “that spit the hot”, you asking me every single time how “Petunia” (the name of my girlfriends apparently) is, waking me up way too early of course and way way more! I hope that one day I am half the man you were as my dad says as well. You lived a great life, 87 years old!! You old fart! Spending the time in Willard that we all had in your honor was so great. As my mom said I know you were looking down on all of us and I know that I will too see you again:) I will be here to take care of grandma, as will the whole family and those you touched. You will be missed by so many people. I will make sure to pass down your old sayings that were so darn funny. You basically replaced the word yes from your vocabulary to “toot.” Cough drops? Makes way more sense to call them “tickies” right? Actually almost everything is a ticky to you! You were funny that’s for sure, as far as you know. As I was looking at you resting in your casket shedding my tears of love to you, I did what you always did and gave you a kiss on the forehead and just a little pinch “tsss tsss.” Anyways, like I said , it would be impossible for me to go on about my memories and ways you have impacted my life!
I love you grandpa with all my heart:),
Alex a.k.a big Al or Alex-B-Alex

Gene and Sandy Klun - Sep 20, 2013

Gene and Joanne – “If we were all the same, the World would be a heck of a place!” Sandy and I so appreciate the life-lessons, love and relationship you shared with us to help make us who we are today. Your giving never ends. Hatton goodbyes are full of hugs and laughter; they can go on and on for an hour! This is not goodbye forever.

Diane Bischoff Gemberling - Sep 19, 2013

Dear Hattons,
Thinking of you all and sending light and peace to you. Your dad called me “Sam” and I remember sitting on 200 Edgewood Rd waiting for him to walk up the Red Dog Path and say, “hi Sam” … was a childhood memory that stays with me. I think my sister said it best, our neighborhood was special and so were the people we grew up with.
Much love,
Diane bischoff Gemberling
(Apex, NC)

Jolynn Ware - Sep 18, 2013

Dear Susie and family,
My thoughts are with you all as you feel the loss of your loved one. May you feel the arms of God and experience His peace knowing He is with you. Love, Jolynn

Bobbi Marr Darst - Sep 18, 2013

To the Hatton Family – My thoughts and prayers are with you all — I have many memories from Overdale Road and will always remember Mr. Hatton’s ever-present smile. I know that you held a special place in my parent’s hearts as well. May God hold you in His arms during these days ahead… Bobbi (Marr)

Joyce McKenzie - Sep 18, 2013

Mrs. Hatton, Denny, Karen, Vicky, Dave, and to Barb,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad holds a special place in my heart. My memories of him are very happy and funny ones. He always had that way of making me laugh. (Even if he called me Doyt!) I feel very blessed to have known your Dad and to have grown up with your family, and to still have Barb as a good friend. May peace be with all of you and your families at this time of healing.
Love Always, Joyce

Megan - Sep 18, 2013

Top 5 Favorite Memories of Gene:
1. Enjoying ice cream frosties together while watching the Cleveland Indians play
2. Debating whether the Cincinnati Bengals would ever be a better team than his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Playing catch in the Davidsons backyard
4. Shucking corn on the patio – every piece of silk had to be removed before going into the pot
5. Talking to him about his days at Ohio State and in the Navy
Through the Davidson family and Matthew I was blessed to have known Gene. His warm and loving smile was infectious and he was such a joy to be around. I so enjoyed talking with him about books and sports. I feel so blessed to have known him. My deepest condolences for your loss and may you always remember the wonderful memories shared with him and find peace that he is at home with the Lord.

Betsy Bischoff - Sep 18, 2013

How lucky we were to grow up with your family. What a great neighborhood we had! So many wonderful memories…….your father still lives in each of us through these memories. Thinking of all you. Betsy

Carolyn Shoup - Sep 17, 2013

Joanne -You and Gene were and are such an integral part of my life. My life would not have been the same in so many ways without you….or as special! I love you and your family forever. Carolyn

Manny & Kathy Ernhart - Sep 17, 2013

Joanne, our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
We feel the loss… We cherish the memories we have with you both. We have surely missed you since you left florida. Wish we could be there with you but want you to know our thoughts & prayers are with you. We love you!
Kathy & Manny Ernhart

Sally Milliman - Sep 17, 2013

Dear Barb and Family,
What a great picture of your Dad! My sincere condolences to you and your family. The memories and love that you have for your Dad may help ease the burden of your loss.
Travel safe and I will soon see you to give you a hug.
Love, Sal ?

Glenda Michaels - Sep 16, 2013

To the family I would like to express my sincere condolence for the loss of your loved one. Words are never sufficient to let you know just how much your friends feel your loss. Many of us have already gone this experience and being there for you, if only in our thoughts, is all we can do at this time. When each of you return to your own homes, remember your friends will be available to give you love and support for as long as you need it.
Daughter Barb, is my special friend, and I will be waiting to hear from her, anytime she needs my listening ear. I love you, Barb.

Linda (Grisell) Studer - Sep 16, 2013

My sincere condolences for the loss of Eugene. May the good memories sustain and comfort you. Growing up, I had fond memories of Aunt Wilma and Uncle Herbert and wish to extend my sympathy to the family.

John Rush - Sep 16, 2013

Gene was the Dad I never had. For the past 12 years, he was an enormous support to myself and Dennis throughout our relationship. He will always remain in my heart as does Joanne and the entire family. Thank you Gene for everything you gave us. Your love and support will be a constant comfort for me always.

Ron Hatton - Sep 16, 2013

Gene was always a go getter,a fighter and had wonderful goals. The two of you were family people and careing. He is now in a wonderful place and we all will see him again and you JoAnn have lots of wonderful memories that you shared together. Take care and GOD is with you as always.
Ron & Vera Hatton