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Rodney E. Hatch

September 25, 1922 ~ October 11, 2017 (age 95)
Rodney Eugene Hatch died on October 11, 2017, at his home at the Montebello on Academy in Albuquerque, NM.  He was 95 years old.  Rodney was born in Mahaska, Kansas in 1922, the son of Ruth and Perry Hatch.  He had no siblings, but was surrounded by many dear cousins and aunts in Kansas and Nebraska.  In January 1942, a month after Pearl Harbor, Rodney enlisted in the US Marine Corps and subsequently served in the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Signal Company.  His South Pacific service included landings at Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa.  Following his discharge, Rodney moved to New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico College of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1949.  Mr. Hatch then worked for 25 years for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a project engineer for important defense and civilian projects and he was an active member and deacon of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.  Upon retirement in 1974, he moved from Albuquerque to Los Lunas, NM  where he enjoyed farming and raising cattle, sheep, goats, turkeys and chickens.  In his later years, he returned to Albuquerque to enjoy a more leisurely retirement that included frequent trips to New Zealand.  Mr. Hatch spent his last few months at the Montebello on Academy Assisted Living facility where he relished the love and friendship of  the residents and caregivers.  Mr. Hatch is predeceased by his first wife,  Marian Evelyn Saxton Hatch, and his second wife, Gladys June Katherine Cabot-Hatch. He is survived by his sons Rodney E. Hatch II and Andrew M. S. Hatch (Kiley), and daughter, Louise (Hatch) Van Diepen, and three grandchildren, Darhla Gilson, Marci Lockwood, and Jason Hatch, and six great grandchildren (Joey, Virginia, Amber, Jensen, Tanner, and Aden).  He is also survived by the New Zealand daughters of June Cabot-Hatch: Lorraine June Firmston, Lynda Ella Earons, and Lee Sheryl Yates.  The family wishes to extend its deep gratitude to the staff of the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Home Based Primary Care program, the Montebello Assisted Living Center, and the Ambercare Hospice program.  In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
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Albuquerque, NM 87109

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