In Memory

Henry L. Hatchett

Henry L. Hatchett

Henry Lee Hatchett 74, departed this life on November 7, 2016 at his residence in San Diego, California. He was born June 29, 1942 in Mississippi, the son of Tommie and Robert Hatchett.

Mr. Hatchett retired from the United States Marine Corp after thirty two years of service. Henry taught at the Army and Navy Academy in SanDiego for 24 years and was very much loved by a multitude of people there. This really meant a lot to him. Also, he was awarded many medals and honors including the Purple Heart. He attained the rank of Sgt. Major, which is the highest rank an enlisted Marine can attain. Henry was a very hard worker and among other things, he loved Karaoke. He was named entertainer of the year as a Karaoke singer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Tommie Hatchett; sister, Donna Hatchett; brother, Barry Hatchett; and nephew, Alfonzo Hatchett.

Henry Hatchett leaves to cherish memories: two brothers, Larry T. Hatchett and Robert L. Hatchett, both of Springfield, IL; three sisters, Janet A. Hatchett and Wanda J. Hatchett, both of Springfield, IL and Alisa A. Hatchett of Indianapolis, IN; and one aunt, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services Friday November 18, 2016
Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel
1520 East Washington Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Rev. Roy Newman Officiating

Camp Butler National Cemetery

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11/15/16 12:00 PM #1    

Judith K. Denton (Swaggerty)

My prayers are with all of Henry's family.  He was an exceptional person.

11/15/16 10:05 PM #2    

Sharon Burnham (Volz)

Sending my condolences to Henry's family and friends.....may he rest in peace! Henry was in several of my classes. He will be truely missed!




Sharon Burnham Volz

11/16/16 04:12 PM #3    

John C. Young

Sending condolences to Henry's family. What a blessing for you to have experienced that great smile of his for all these years. John Young

11/19/16 09:01 AM #4    

Beverly King (Collins)

 Henry had an exceptional career. Wouldn't our 1961 Class at Lanphier loved to have him at our class reunion to do Karaoke?  RIP, Henry.

11/19/16 09:57 AM #5    

Lawrence A. (Larry) Wieties

I wrote in an earlier post on Legacy that Henry's smile was infectious and his laugh would brighten your day. Many good memories from the days at LHS. He was a gifted athlete and a people person. At his memorial service on 11/18, the love, honor and respect given Henry by his family, the military and his many friends was overwhelming. Farewell Henry, RIP.

11/20/16 12:42 PM #6    

Ronald Schwabe

Posted on the SJR obituary site, a good man gone, but never forgotten...


11/27/16 02:55 PM #7    

Sue Ann Shymansky (Terry)

I didn't know Henry well in high school, but I did know him well enough to like him and respect him as a good guy!   His smile was infectious.  I am sure he is looking down on loved ones with his big smile.  May he RIP.

Condolences to his family and others who loved him.

Sue Shymansky Terry 

11/28/16 02:58 PM #8    

Connie Cull (Taylor)

Henry, Henry, Henry!  Sure wish I had had a chance to chat with you at one of our reunions.  My husband, Lynn, is an SHS grad and we still get together with some of his buddies from SHS.  Henry's name comes up often and is referred to by some of the SHS football players as being fierce on the football field and they don't believe that I found him to be a gentle giant.  I'll bet that made him a great Marine.  I loved that smile and somewhat bashful nod he'd give me while passing in the halls.  Look in the year book and you'll seem me trying to sell Henry a year book while he is in wrestling mode.  Quite a guy!

11/30/16 12:58 PM #9    

Thomas R. Champion

Hank, you was a good friend and a great team mate. I sure wished I would of stayed in touch after we got out of boot camp, but Vietnam sent freinds all over. I will miss the good times and many laughs we had in school.

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