Walter was born in 1915, in Wadsworth, to the late Albert and Edna Hatt, and was the first Hatt born in America. His father, Albert, emigrated from Switzerland just after the turn of the century.
Walter was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Orrville, where he served on various committees and assisted with driving elderly members to church. During the ‘60s, he often drove the instrument truck that carried Orrville High School band equipment to football games.
Walter loved working outdoors and enjoyed mowing lawns for neighbors and friends and keeping a vegetable garden until he was 88. He retired from C.S. Snyder & Sons in 1981, after 33 years.
He was married to Dorothy Hatt for nearly 65 years. She preceded him in death in 2006.
Surviving are sons, Robert (special friend, Sue LeMar) of Wooster and Donald (Iris) of Ashland; grandchildren, Debbie Chillious of Florida, Curtis Hatt (special friend, Theresa Morgan) of Wooster, Robbie Hatt of Florida, and Adrienne Schneeg (Garett) of North Carolina; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; brother, Lloyd Hatt of Lethbridge, Canada; sister, Irene Mahoney of Dellroy; sister-in-law, Edna Hatt of Massillon; brother-in-law, John (Eleanor) Roth Jr. of Orrville; 12 nieces and nephews; and 20 great-nieces and -nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Hatt; granddaughter, Jennifer Hatt; great-grandson, Michael Boley; brother, Roy Hatt; and in-laws, Elmer Mahoney and Henrietta Hatt.
Services will be held March 16, at 11 a.m., at Gresser Funeral Home, Orrville, with Rev. Randy Gehres officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.
Online expressions and guestbook registry are available at http://www.gresserfuneralhome.com.
Family suggests friends make a donation to Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster 44691; or the Christ United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 201 N. Main St., Orrville 44667, in his memory.
Published: March 14, 2012