Jim R. Hatfield

July 03, 1952 ‒ February 20, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Jim R. Hatfield, age 65, of Delaware, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Marion General Hospital with his loving wife by his side following a two-year battle with cancer.

On July 3, 1952, Jim was born in McAndrews, Kentucky, the son of Clara Hatfield and the late Cassius Hatfield. As a family they moved to Columbus, where Jim graduated from West High School.

Following graduation, Jim enlisted to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force.  He was stationed in Michigan, where he served as a firefighter at his base. Upon his honorable discharge, Jim returned to Columbus, where he was a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus driver for twenty-five years. He then worked at the Kroger Marketplace in Lewis Center for six years.

While working at Kroger, Jim worked alongside someone who stole his heart, Mary (Blair) Meade. Soon thereafter they were married on April 13, 2013.  They cherished their time together traveling and binge-watching Netflix. He also proudly adopted and adored her grandchildren as his own and loved watching them play sports.

A world traveler, Jim explored Europe, Australia and most of the United States, even making it to Hawaii.  On his travels, he preferred to drive, so he could enjoy as many sites as possible.  When he wasn’t traveling, he took great pride in mowing and caring for his wife’s many flowers. Very intelligent, Jim was a World History and music buff, making him a formidable opponent at Jeopardy.

Jim will be fondly remembered as the sweetest and most-honorable man around. He was a gentle soul who always put others first.

Jim will be missed by his wife, Mary Hatfield; step-children: Cassi (Scott Ballard) Cole, Brant Meade, Wyatt (Joanie Dufner) Meade, and Harry (Alexis Kush) Meade; four grandchildren: Makenna Basore, Drake Cole, Knova Meade and Lyrik Meade; his mother, Clara Hatfield; a close aunt, Connie (Will) Rose; three brothers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Including his father, Jim was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

His family will greet friends from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 1:30 p.m. with Celebrant Steve deWeber officiating.  Military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will conclude this services at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://shop.stjude.org), or to the Marion County United Veterans Council (which can be sent to the funeral home).

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Cassie and Mary you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you during this time. Hugs to you all. God bless.

  • My sincerest sympathy, dear Mary, on the passing of your dear husband and soulmate. He gave happiness to all who knew him and will be missed. Cassi, thanks for your kindness to the wonderful husband of your mom. Jim will be missed greatly – I so enjoyed seeing him and Mary at all of Drakes games and he came regardless of how bad he felt.

  • Jim, or “grandpa” as he was known by both of my boys, was one of the kindest and most giving souls I have ever encountered. I am so sad to have lost touch with him in the last few years – but I am so thankful for the years in which he blessed our family with his presence. My deepest condolences – our lives are forever changed by him.
    With love, Cindi, Zach and Alex Thompson

  • God Bless and Thank YOU, Jim for your service in The United States Air Force,as a Firefighter…RIP… And Semper Fi……. “The Eagle Has Landed”