Bobbie Ray “Bob” Hatcher, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 2, 2023. He was born on May 3, 1932 to the late Ray and Alta Hatcher in their home in Osgood.
Bob is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elnora “Jackie” Hatcher; three children and their spouses, Mark Hatcher, Patty Hatcher, Michele Broderick and Melissa Krauser. Also surviving Bob are his grandchildren Dustin Hatcher, Tessa Krauser, Samuel Krauser; his great-grandson Raymond Kay; Dustin’s wife, Ami Hatcher; and Bob’s great-granddaughter, Julianna Hatcher.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister Elizabeth “Libby” Root; and his son, Michael Hatcher.
Services will be held in Grundy County once arrangements have been made.
Offers of love may be made in Bob’s memory to a charitable organization of the giver’s choosing. Bob volunteered with the San Diego, CA police department for over twenty years including delivering meals on wheels and checking on those who were housebound. He was also a dedicated blood donor.
Bob grew up in Osgood. As a young man he especially enjoyed being outdoors. He was a natural and gifted athlete, an excellent shot and a skillful baseball player.
He entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict in 1950, served overseas in active combat in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Bob and his wife, Jackie were married in 1952. Before retirement they lived in Missouri, Nevada, Utah and Southern California. They enjoyed many years of retirement in San Diego, CA. Bob earned his living in the construction and long-haul trucking business. His fondest work was with the construction company, Morrison-Knudsen (MK). In later years Bob and Jackie travelled throughout the world with an organization founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the Friendship Force. Bob was a 32º Scottish Rite Master Mason and Shriner. He was a member in good standing of the Free & Accepted Masons of California La Mesa Lodge No 407.
For pleasure Bob and his son Mark spent many hours flying their Cessna and Mooney planes over the San Diego area. Bob and Mark also enjoyed playing golf together.
Bob was a kind and hardworking man who will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the good men and women who helped him leave this world gently, peacefully and well-loved.