William “Bill” Robert Hatch, a third-generation native of Nevada City, Calif., passed away Jan. 12, 2013, at Spring Hill Manor, just 14 days before his 87th birthday.
There will be no service. Bill and Thelma will be laid to rest in the Hatch family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery on Red Dog Road in Nevada City.
Bill was born Jan. 26, 1926, in Nevada City. He attended Gold Flat School and Nevada City High School. He joined the Navy during World War II. After the war, Bill worked for the Navy, he was a taxi cab driver in Oakland, and he worked for Bret Harte Dairy, Holbrook Logging, Del Schiffner Logging and Graham Bros. Logging. He then went to work for Granite Construction building the new freeway from Nevada City to Grass Valley.
Bill and his wife Thelma went on to Alaska and worked four years plus and came back home to North San Juan where they made their home. Bill retired from Operating Engineers Local 3.
Bill loved hunting, fishing, camping and traveling in his motor home with his love of his life, Thelma. He was a member of the Camptonville Masonic Lodge #18, Veterans of Foreign Wars, past member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518, North San Juan Fire Department, where he was a past chief, Nevada City Fire Department, and also belonged to Native Sons of the Golden West #56.
Bill is survived by son, Michael Hatch; stepson, Arthur, and wife, Brettie; stepdaughter, Eugenia, and husband, Harry; stepdaughter, Angeline; brothers, Kenneth Hatch and wife and Gene Hatch and wife. He also leaves a dear cousin, Caryl “Young” Hauer, who stayed by Bill’s side until it was time to go, and good friend Kenneth Holbrook and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his wife. Thelma Lanona Hatch; brother. Vernon Hatch; mother and father William Hatch Sr. and Blanche Hatch. stepson Mike. stepdaughter, Vella; and stepdaughter, Georgette.
“Write home when you work” Thanks, Bill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or the Camptonville Mountain Range Masonic Lodge #18, 15333 Cleveland Ave/, Camptonville, CA 95922
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.