Eugene “Gene” A. Hatfield, age 74, of Fairview Heights, IL, formerly of Granite City, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his home. Gene was born on July 23, 1943 in St. Louis, MO, a son of the late Chester E. Hatfield and Angela V. (Klasner) Hatfield.
Gene was a Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1961 - 1965. On March 6, 1961, Gene married Dorothy Brokaw, the love of his life in Granite City, IL and Dorothy passed away on April 10, 2015. He was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights, IL. Gene had retired from Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1987 after twenty years of dedicated service, some of his job duties including writing tariffs and contracts. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially with his granddaughters; whom he was very proud of. Gene loved life, he loved to laugh, but most of all he loved his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gene is survived by his loving children, Tony Hatfield of Granite City, IL and Christine Lasbury of Rosewood Heights, IL; proud Papa to Maria Lasbury and Leah Lasbury of Rosewood Heights, IL; dear siblings, Martin Hatfield and Mary Hatfield; and extended family.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
Gene and Dorothy will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the family for a scholarship fund for his loving granddaughters, Maria and Leah.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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