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Charlie Hatfield

Charles L. “Charlie” Hatfield, 87, Hays, died March 6, 2019 at his home.

He was born October 27, 1931 in Russell, the son of Louis and Joan (Rupp) Hatfield. He was a 1949 graduate of Hays High School and a veteran of the Army National Guard.

On September 27, 1952, he was united in marriage to Leona A. Dreiling in Victoria, and they celebrated more than 66 years of marriage.

He worked for R.C. Williams Trucking, was a co-owner of Four-Way Trucking, and later drove to pick up vehicles for Hays Ford Toyota.

He was a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166 in Schoenchen.

He enjoyed fishing, vegetable and flower gardening, staying active, being outdoors, driving, and woodworking. He was kind, giving, and loved his family, especially holding his grandbabies, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Leona, of the home in Hays; three daughters, Joy Vogel and husband Doug of Marion, Susan Dinges and husband Tom of Schoenchen, and Jill Dillon and husband Jerry of Hays; daughter-in-law Deb Hatfield of Hays; brother Louis Hatfield and wife Kay of Moore, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Glen Hatfield; brothers Donald and Kenneth Hatfield; sisters Bonnie Pless, Kay Wellbrock, infant sister Phyllis Hatfield; and great-granddaughter Morgan Mai.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Barry Brinkman officiating.

Burial with military honors by the Hays VFW Honor Guard will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be 5:30 p.m. and a vigil service will be 6:30 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, all on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the family wishes. Condolences and memories of Charlie may be shared with the family at

Last modified March 14, 2019