Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 7:39 PM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Edward Joe Hatfield, Jr.

April 23, 1927- March 13, 2011


Edward Joe Hatfield Jr.

Edward Joe Hatfield, Jr., died March 13, 2011, in the presence of his brother, John, his children, son-in-law and grandchildren. His final days were spent in Homer, surrounded by the love of his family, just as he wished. His last smile was for a small child who was the light of his last days here on earth. He kept his humor and courage to the end.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Alice; parents, Anna and Joe; brothers, Charles, Jerome and Tom; and sisters, Violet and Betty. He is survived by his children, Paula and Jay; four generations of well-loved family members; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Homer United Methodist Church.

Ed was born April 23, 1927. Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana during the Great Depression instilled in him a sense of frugality. Working on the Pennsylvania Railroad in his teens, military service in both WWII and the Korean Conflict and a GI Bill college education formed his worldview and work ethic. He worked all of his professional life for AEP, American Electric Power, as an electrical engineer, retiring in 1995. Ed was always a fixer and folks would save things for him to mend when he came to visit. He and his wife Alice loved to travel, connecting family and friends as they appreciated the beauties of God's world along the way, always with an eye out for what they could do to be helpful. Like good scouts, they left things better than they found them. He considered that the best thing he had ever done was to marry a woman who was smarter than he was and gave that advice to others at every opportunity.

Ed showed his faith in actions, serving actively for most of his lifelong membership in the United Methodist Church, which led to a 54-year commitment to the Boy Scouts of America. It was his joy to see his son and two grandsons achieve Scouting's highest award, the rank of Eagle. He was just as proud of his granddaughter when she achieved Girl Scouting's highest award, the Gold Award. He was awarded a Silver Beaver for his excellence in fundraising for the BSA and was very proud to have participated in Wood Badge as a part of his own training and as a leader. He said that Boy Scout leadership training made him a better parent than he would have been otherwise.

In lieu of flowers, his family encourages you to make a donation in Ed's name to your local troops of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.