Warren Hatch, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Avera Yankton Care Center.
Memorials services are 10:30 AM, on Monday, February 2, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Kwen Sanderson officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Gingrich-Dixon American Legion Post No. 13 of Wakonda and US Navy Funeral Honor Guard. Inurnment will be at the Union Cemetery in rural Wakonda, South Dakota at a later date. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, on Sunday, February 1 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 4:00 PM.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the Yankton Morning Optimist Club.
Warren was born July 15, 1924 in Wakonda, South Dakota to Cyrus and Clara (Utesch) Hatch. Warren graduated from Wakonda High School and then attended Southern State College in Springfield, South Dakota for one year. During high school and college, he was a star basketball player. Warren enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, DeLores Swanson, on March 3, 1945 while still in the Navy at Southern California. After World War II, they moved back to Wakonda and joined Warren's brother, Ardell and father, Cy in the family furniture business. Warren and his family lived in Minnesota for 10 years while he worked at Montgomery Ward. In 1965, Warren rejoined the family furniture business and in 1969, he and De opened the Yankton Hatch Furniture. He was joined by his son, Ron Hatch in 1974. He and De were named Furniture Dealer of the Year by North Central Reps Association in 1981.
Warren was a kind, loving and generous man who was involved in numerous civic activities. He was one of the founders of Greater Yankton Gifts, charter member of the Yankton Morning Optimist Club, and strong supporter of Big Friend Little Friend. Warren was also a member of the Forum, served on the City Commission and several other boards. He was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was named Citizen of the Year by Yankton High School. Warren enjoyed golfing, dancing and attending sporting events. He was always there to help others in need and will be missed by all.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife, DeLores Hatch of Yankton; son, Ron (Sheane) Hatch of Yankton; four grandchildren: Jon Hatch (Melissa Cuka) of Yankton, Justin Becker of Sioux Falls, Carissa (Shaun) Finn of Chicago, IL and Paul Becker of New York; and seven great grandchildren: Ashley Hatch, Alexandra Hatch, Adilyn Becker, Hudson Finn, Sheane Finn, Abigail Cuka and Alex Cuka.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; two teenage daughters, Karen and Connie Hatch; grandson, Alex Hatch; and brother, Ardell Hatch.
Memorials are preferred to the Yankton Morning Optimist Club at PO Box 13 in Yankton or Trinity Lutheran Church Organ Fund at 403 Broadway in Yankton.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Dear De & Ron & Family -
Our deepest condolences to all of you. May the GOD of all comfort embrace you with the assurance that Warren is now with HIM.
Dave & Bonnie Mikkelson & Family, Indianapolis, IN
I was sorry to learn of Warren's passing. Warren hired me in the fall of 1971 as a furniture unpacker and delivery person and then allowed me to learn and grow into the furniture business. He was a fine Christian man and a very astute businessman, who cared for his family, his community and his employees and because of that, he earned my respect. I feel grateful for having had the opportunity to have known and worked for Warren and the Hatch family for many years. My prayers and sympathy to De and Ron and the extended family.
Rick Garvey-Sioux City, Iowa
Our sympathy for your loss. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jeff and Jane Bochman
We were sorry to hear of Warren's passing. Our prayers and sympathy to his family and friends.
Don and Melissa Buehrer- North Richland Hills, TX
We were sorry to learn of Warren's Passing. Gail and I (Janet Sohler) remember Warren as a very kind and Generous Man that we respected for all he did for the community and his kindness he showed us at his store. as well. Our Prayers and sympathy to De and Ron and the extended family.
Janet & Gail Sohler
Jon and family:
praying for you and your family during this time of loss. May memories of Warren help ease the pain.
To the Hatch family,
My name is Dave Helseth. My brother Denny and Connie are forever linked. As a result our families began contact in 1965. What a tragic time that was for Warren and for all. Death at any time is an enemy.
I certainly wish you all the best in this time of transition.
Respectfully, Dave Helseth
What a kind and generous man Warren was. During his life he was always looking for ways to help people;. I enjoyed knowing him both in Yankton and Sun City, Arizona where he was a blessing to many. My prayers are with Dee, Ron and extended family.
Our sympathy for your loss of Warren such a kind man he will be greatly missed. I certainly wish you all the best in this time of transition.
Mark and Carla Hansen
Ron, Shane, Dee & family,
So sorry to read of Warren's passing, as he was a wonderful neighbor & friend & client. I have always respected him. My prayers are with you all.
My sincere sympathy to the De and the Hatch family. I fondly recall my time working at the store and in more recent years, seeing Warren and De at Trinity Lutheran Church when I'd visit my mom. May God bless you and keep you in His care.
Tom Garvey - Omaha, NE
Warren touched more lives than anyone will probably ever know. As I recall there wouldn't have been any Greater Yankton Gifts if it hadn't been for Warren's concern that all people in need be reached. I attended the first ever meeting and stayed involved for years. He was always humble about his role quick to give credit to others. God reclaimed one of his own and the world will miss him.
Hatch Family I just seen the Obit of Warrens passing sorry to hear he has left us. I always liked the family very much and enjoyed the employment while working for Hatch Furn. What a very Fine Family my deepest sympathy
Randy Forinash Ida Grove Ia
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