Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — LELAND — "Dick" Hatt, of Leland, 82, passed away June 27, 2013.
Dick was born on Sept. 19, 1930, in New York, N.Y., to the late Robert T. and Marcelle (Roigneau) Hatt. He spent his first years in New York City and on the grounds of Cranbrook Science Institute, Bloomfield Hills. Dick served his country in his “adopted” state of Texas as a member of the United States Air Force. He married Barbara Merrill Poor, a saint and the love of his life, on June 30, 1956. Dick and Barbara resided in Royal Oak, Mich. After his retirement from Fisher Scientific in 1985, they moved to Leland, where Dick’s family has summered since 1906.
Dick enjoyed fishing in the big lake, hunting deer and wood grouse, making furniture in his workshop, and sipping Manhattans at cocktail hour. He especially loved “interviewing” folks in Fishtown including Weimaraner owners and charter boat captains. Dick truly loved Leland and shared his enthusiasm and memories with all he met. He will be truly missed.
Dick is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; daughters, Sarah (Richard) Bourgeois of Traverse City, Marcelle (Scott) Harris of Bloomingdale, son Roderick (Rod) Hatt of Versailles, Ky.; and grandchildren, Aryl, Peter, Matheson, Casey, Phillip, and Lydia.
Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Peter Kent; son-in-law, Richard Rathburn; and grandson, Robert Hatt.
Per Dick’s wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be buried in Leland at the Beechwood Cemetery. Please join us Saturday, July 13, for an 11 a.m. graveside service. Lunch follows at the house.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Leelanau Conservancy. Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.