Wilfred Woodrow “Willie” Hatfield 1915 - 2009
Funeral services for Wilfred Woodrow “Willie” Hatfield, 93, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
Mr. Hatfield died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 20, 1915, in Lawrence, the son of Albert Theodore and Rose Schwarz Hatfield. He graduated from Liberty Memorial High School and attended Lawrence Business College.
Most of Mr. Hatfield’s life was spent in the restaurant and bar business. He owned Willie’s at 1017 1⁄2 Mass. He later opened the 10-40 restaurant at 1301 W. Sixth St. He also owned the Old Mission Inn at 1904 Mass. Between restaurants he built a number of homes in the Schwegler neighborhood. During his last 10 years of employment, he was a health inspector for the state of Kansas.
Mr. Hatfield spent many years in the Lions Club and Elks Club. He also coached the JCC’s baseball team in the old South Park League. He was an avid sports fan and followed his sons and Kansas University’s teams.
He married Hazel Rose, of Williamstown. She preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by a son, David, and a brother, Ralph.
Survivors include three sons, Gary, Rancho Cordova, Calif., Larry, Lawrence, and Terry, Tonganoxie; three daughters-in-law, Beverly, Teri and Susan; a sister, Alberta Smurr, Newton; seven grandchildren, Susan Lyons, Julie Sherby and Tom, Mike, Jeff, Shannon and Traci Hatfield; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will meet them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.