Harvey L. Hatcher

July 10, 1932 ‒ September 24, 2008

Edison, Ohio

Harvey L. “Shorty” Hatcher, age 76, of Edison, died unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, September 24, 2008, at the Morrow County Hospital Extended Care Facility following a brief illness.

He was born in Marion County, Ohio, on July 10, 1932, the son of the late Harvey H. and Mary Evelyn (Keener) Hatcher. Harvey was raised in a tightly knit family, and graduated from the Iberia High School in the Class of 1951.

Shortly following graduation, Harvey began working at the H.P.M. Corporation in Mount Gilead, where he was affectionately given the nickname “Shorty”. After 43 years of dedication to H.P.M., he retired as a tool grinder in 1994. He was a member of the Machinist Union.

On December 27, 1974, Harvey married his loving wife of nearly 30 years, Melva Shockley Hatcher, who preceded him in death on April 10, 2004.

A man of deep faith, Harvey would devotedly read his Bible every morning. Harvey also enjoyed attending the Edison United Methodist Church and was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Marion.

A handyman, Harvey could fix almost anything and most knew of his ability to even fix broken television sets.

Having a love for television, Harvey enjoyed rooting for all Ohio college and professional sports teams, and he loved watching old movies.

With “a kind word for everything,” Harvey will be remembered for his polite and quiet nature.

Harvey will be missed by his two brothers: Robert (Terra) Hatcher of Galion, and Bradley Hatcher of Missouri; one sister, Evelyn (Bernard) Kress of Centerburg; one sister-in-law, Joyce Hatcher of Galion; twelve nieces and nephews: Michael, Debra, Mary, Daniel, Scott, Teresa, Tina, Bambi, Doug, Dawn, Curt and Jane; five step children: Phil, Daniel, Jackie, and Eddie Shockley, and Debbie Goodren; and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Harvey was preceded in death by three brothers: Alva, Paul, and Marvin Hatcher.

The Hatcher family will greet friends on Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will follow in Alum Creek Friends Cemetery in Marengo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edison United Methodist Church, 335 S. Boundary St., Edison, Ohio 43320, or to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.