Born: March 01, 1933
Died: September 02, 2013
W. Jerome Hatch, 80, longtime Chicagoan recently of Galesburg, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013 at Seminary Manor.
He was born March 1, 1933 in Avon, IL, the youngest son of Walter and Marie (Fennessy) Hatch. Jerry was a beloved brother, cousin, uncle, friend and patron. He is survived by his sister, Hazel (Hatch) Wharff, Des Moines, IA, sisters-in-law Donna (Wisner) Hatch, Galesburg, Mildred (Gehrig) Hatch, Atlantic Beach, FL, first cousin Mary Adaline (McElvaine) Immenhausen, Wilmette, and nieces and nephews: Nancy (Hatch) VandeVoorde (Jerry), Sue (Hatch) Kreichelt (Ray), Anne Wharff, Sara (Hatch) Childre (Doc Lew), Carol (Wharff) Dorr (Doug), Barry Hatch, Sallie Hatch, Mary Wharff (Michael Bloomer), David Wharff (Dana), Louise ( Hatch) Hiett (Dan), and Julia Wharff Piermont (Dennis). Also surviving are six great nieces and nine great nephews, two step-great nieces and three step-great nephews, one great-great niece and one great-great nephew, two step-great-great nieces and four step-great-great nephews, and many friends, including his devoted friend Juan Sanchez, Chicago.
Jerry graduated from Avon High School in 1951 and attended Monmouth College before serving in the US Army. Following two years of service, he returned to Monmouth, where he was president of the student council and Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity, as well as a member of the Blue Key honor fraternity, the Octopus Club, the concert choir and the chorale. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and later, he often commented on how much he thoroughly enjoyed his college years. In 1959, he earned a master's degree in business from the University of Illinois and began a long career in human resources for John Deere Des Moines Works (Iowa), Deere & Company (Moline), Board of Regents (Springfield), R.M. Schmitz & Company (Chicago) and American National Can (Chicago). He retired in 1995.
Jerry led an active cultural and civic life and liked to share his many interests with friends and family. He readily introduced his relatives to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Wagner Society and the Newberry Library, where he volunteered and helped many people share his love for genealogy. His extensive research into his family's history took him on travels throughout the U.S. and abroad, and he was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Jerry was a committed Republican and served as an election judge for the City of Chicago. He was a loyal fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls and Cubs. In addition, Jerry organized TKE reunions and avidly supported Monmouth College by serving on the Monmouth College Senate, Alumni Board, and establishing the Hatch Awards to recognize faculty for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.
Jerry was a great correspondent. With postcards from his travels, as well as thoughtful, newsy letters, he stayed in touch with friends and family around the world. It also was important to him to attend the graduations, weddings and other milestone events of family and friends. His presence was and always will be treasured.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sister Martha Jean Hatch, brothers Harold A. Hatch and Henry E. Hatch, brother-in-law, Keith W. Wharff, and niece-in-law, Karen (Gargano) Hatch.
His memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22 at the Avon Federated Church (206 S Main St), followed by the committal service at Avon Cemetery. The Rev. Jon Prain will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Newberry Library (60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610), Monmouth College (700 E Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462) or the Avon Federated Church (PO Box 565, Avon, IL 61415).
Corman Memorial Home in Avon is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guest book at www.cormanmh.com.