Leroy Howard “Snuffy” Hatch

Graveside services for Leroy Howard “Snuffy” Hatch, 83, Oskaloosa, will be at 11 a.m Thursday at Oakhill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Hatch died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at the Colmery O’Neil VA Hospital in Topeka.He was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Winchester, the son of Leonard and Alice Holliday Hatch. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1950, and he received some additional training in the field of electronics. Mr. Hatch served in the U.S. Army and worked as a construction laborer and handyman. He married Gertie Heston on Dec. 4, 1953, in Kansas City, Mo. They later divorced; she survives.Other survivors include four sons, Ernest and Dean, both of Lawrence, Glenn, New York, and Robert, Colorado; four daughters, Ruby Schmitz, Alma, Elaine Hatch, Lawrence, and Deloris Hatch and Patricia Hatch, both of Ottawa; a brother, Clarence, Lawrence; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 3596, Lawrence 66045-0596.Online condolences may be sent at www.rumsey-yost.com.