Western Slope Obituaries 12-20-10 | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries 12-20-10

Ernest Clarence “Pete” Hatch, 93, passed away December 2, 2010.

He was born July 31, 1917 in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where his parents, Lee and Edith (Joy) Hatch had homesteaded in 1912.

He grew up there ranching and farming with his family, catching and breaking wild mustangs, and running their herd of Herefords on The Lone Cone. He was nicknamed and known all over San Miguel County as “Pete.” He was adept at carpentry and building and became sought after as a craftsman for repairs. When locals needed something done, they were told to “Get Pete Hatch to do that. He can fix anything.” While refurbishing a chimney at a nearby schoolhouse, he met Elizabeth Wallace, a student teacher. They were married in Fruita, Colo., on November 16, 1941.

Ernest was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 7, 1942. He served with the 287th Engineer Combat Battalion as Technician Fifth Grade, Carpenter General, in the European Theater building pontoon bridges to support the Allied advance. He was honorably discharged December 3, 1945.

He returned to his ranch and family in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where they lived until 1950. They then moved to the Midway area between Hotchkiss, Colo., and Paonia, Colo. His ranch and herd of red and white Herefords, with the backdrop of Mount Lamborn and Landsend was annually photographed and featured on calendars for The First State Bank of Hotchkiss, Colo. In 1964, he moved with his family to Olathe, Colo., where, in addition to farming, Ernest started to develop his talents as a woodworker, building fine furniture for family and friends. He always had a furniture or cabinet project in progress in his shop, but was never too busy to stop for visitors or a friendly game of cribbage.

He was an avid horseman, hunter, and fisherman, had a wonderfully wry sense of humor, enjoyed a multitude of friends, and was always a good neighbor: helping when needed but always respectful of privacy.

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He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Bradley) Burch of Olathe, Colo., Joy (Will) Cromer of Whitewater, Colo., Roy Hatch of Olathe, Colo., Dean Hatch and Joanne Hatch of Delta, Colo., Mary (Paul) Suppes of Delta, Colo., Laura (Peter) Rollins of Goshen, N.Y., Ernestine (Hatch) Manheim of Phoenix, Ariz., and his 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Wallace) Hatch, his parents, brother, two sisters, and three grandsons: Benjamin Burch, Peter Rollins, and Joseph Rollins.

According to his wishes, there was an immediate cremation with no funeral.

There will be a memorial service in the summer of 2011.

Ernest Clarence “Pete” Hatch, 93, passed away December 2, 2010.

He was born July 31, 1917 in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where his parents, Lee and Edith (Joy) Hatch had homesteaded in 1912.

He grew up there ranching and farming with his family, catching and breaking wild mustangs, and running their herd of Herefords on The Lone Cone. He was nicknamed and known all over San Miguel County as “Pete.” He was adept at carpentry and building and became sought after as a craftsman for repairs. When locals needed something done, they were told to “Get Pete Hatch to do that. He can fix anything.” While refurbishing a chimney at a nearby schoolhouse, he met Elizabeth Wallace, a student teacher. They were married in Fruita, Colo., on November 16, 1941.

Ernest was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 7, 1942. He served with the 287th Engineer Combat Battalion as Technician Fifth Grade, Carpenter General, in the European Theater building pontoon bridges to support the Allied advance. He was honorably discharged December 3, 1945.

He returned to his ranch and family in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where they lived until 1950. They then moved to the Midway area between Hotchkiss, Colo., and Paonia, Colo. His ranch and herd of red and white Herefords, with the backdrop of Mount Lamborn and Landsend was annually photographed and featured on calendars for The First State Bank of Hotchkiss, Colo. In 1964, he moved with his family to Olathe, Colo., where, in addition to farming, Ernest started to develop his talents as a woodworker, building fine furniture for family and friends. He always had a furniture or cabinet project in progress in his shop, but was never too busy to stop for visitors or a friendly game of cribbage.

He was an avid horseman, hunter, and fisherman, had a wonderfully wry sense of humor, enjoyed a multitude of friends, and was always a good neighbor: helping when needed but always respectful of privacy.

He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Bradley) Burch of Olathe, Colo., Joy (Will) Cromer of Whitewater, Colo., Roy Hatch of Olathe, Colo., Dean Hatch and Joanne Hatch of Delta, Colo., Mary (Paul) Suppes of Delta, Colo., Laura (Peter) Rollins of Goshen, N.Y., Ernestine (Hatch) Manheim of Phoenix, Ariz., and his 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Wallace) Hatch, his parents, brother, two sisters, and three grandsons: Benjamin Burch, Peter Rollins, and Joseph Rollins.

According to his wishes, there was an immediate cremation with no funeral.

There will be a memorial service in the summer of 2011.

Ernest Clarence “Pete” Hatch, 93, passed away December 2, 2010.

He was born July 31, 1917 in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where his parents, Lee and Edith (Joy) Hatch had homesteaded in 1912.

He grew up there ranching and farming with his family, catching and breaking wild mustangs, and running their herd of Herefords on The Lone Cone. He was nicknamed and known all over San Miguel County as “Pete.” He was adept at carpentry and building and became sought after as a craftsman for repairs. When locals needed something done, they were told to “Get Pete Hatch to do that. He can fix anything.” While refurbishing a chimney at a nearby schoolhouse, he met Elizabeth Wallace, a student teacher. They were married in Fruita, Colo., on November 16, 1941.

Ernest was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 7, 1942. He served with the 287th Engineer Combat Battalion as Technician Fifth Grade, Carpenter General, in the European Theater building pontoon bridges to support the Allied advance. He was honorably discharged December 3, 1945.

He returned to his ranch and family in Dry Creek Basin, Colo., where they lived until 1950. They then moved to the Midway area between Hotchkiss, Colo., and Paonia, Colo. His ranch and herd of red and white Herefords, with the backdrop of Mount Lamborn and Landsend was annually photographed and featured on calendars for The First State Bank of Hotchkiss, Colo. In 1964, he moved with his family to Olathe, Colo., where, in addition to farming, Ernest started to develop his talents as a woodworker, building fine furniture for family and friends. He always had a furniture or cabinet project in progress in his shop, but was never too busy to stop for visitors or a friendly game of cribbage.

He was an avid horseman, hunter, and fisherman, had a wonderfully wry sense of humor, enjoyed a multitude of friends, and was always a good neighbor: helping when needed but always respectful of privacy.

He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Bradley) Burch of Olathe, Colo., Joy (Will) Cromer of Whitewater, Colo., Roy Hatch of Olathe, Colo., Dean Hatch and Joanne Hatch of Delta, Colo., Mary (Paul) Suppes of Delta, Colo., Laura (Peter) Rollins of Goshen, N.Y., Ernestine (Hatch) Manheim of Phoenix, Ariz., and his 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth (Wallace) Hatch, his parents, brother, two sisters, and three grandsons: Benjamin Burch, Peter Rollins, and Joseph Rollins.

According to his wishes, there was an immediate cremation with no funeral.

There will be a memorial service in the summer of 2011.