SHERBURN - Services for Ralph L. Hatfield, 69, of Sherburn, Minn., will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Fairmont.
Ralph passed away Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at his residence in Sherburn. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at the Lakeview Funeral Home with a luncheon served during the visitation. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ralph LeRoy Hatfield was born April 25, 1944, in Ledyard, Iowa, the son of Benjamin Tab and Sophia Iva May (Schuler) Hatfield. He received his education from the Backus Public School in Backus, Minn. On Nov. 1, 1982, Ralph was united in marriage to Betty Morgan in Fairmont, Minn. Together, the couple made their home in Kansas, Florida, Ceylon, Minn., and Sherburn, Minn.
Ralph worked numerous jobs as a mechanic, farmer, orange picker, and he also drove a seismograph truck for Seis-Pro. In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed tinkering and fixing anything with an engine. He also treasured spending time fishing, camping and hunting. Ralph cherished memories made with family and friends. He had a big heart and loved the opportunity to help others in need. Ralph had an adventurous side as well and the family members were never surprised to hear of him and Betty jumping in the car to travel many miles to visit something. He will be greatly missed by those that loved him and called him friend.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Betty Hatfield; children, Christine (Mark) Patsche, James (Julie) Weis, Jerry (Shaina) Weis; Tammy Green, Tommy Hatfield and Timmy Hatfield; grandchildren, Jasmin, Sophia, Isaac, Jackson and Nolan; brothers and sisters, Donald Hatfield, Lowell Hatfield, Gerald Hatfield, Harold Hatfield, Virgil Hatfield, Helen Rhea, Darlene Larson, Eldon Hatfield and Marlene Newman; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Sophia Hatfield; siblings, Alfred Hatfield, Dolores Jones, Ronald Hatfield, Marjorie Hatfield; son, Ralph LeRoy Hatfield Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Butch "Paul" Larson and Bob Jones; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Hatfield and Kathleen Hatfield; nieces, nephews, and other extended family.