Robert Hatch, age 80, of Olivia died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. There is a public visitation for Bob on Thursday, April 26th from 5-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia. There will be a private memorial service followed by burial in the Olivia Cemetery.
Robert Blaine Hatch was born May 6, 1937 at Storm Lake, Iowa, to Chester and Frances (Richardson) Hatch. He started his schooling in Iowa and then when he was a child the family moved to a farm east of Olivia. Bob graduated from Olivia High School where he had participated in basketball, football and track. He then farmed with his dad and in 1960 moved to Silver Bay to work on the construction of Reserve Mining Co. Bob married Dolores Wallert on June 17, 1961 in Olivia and they were blessed with three sons. They made their home in Guthrie Center, Iowa, where he co-owned and operated a bakery with his twin brother Richard. They later returned to Olivia and he worked in construction for many years. Bob enjoyed tending his large vegetable garden, fishing in all seasons, and going deer and pheasant hunting. He also enjoyed animals and taking care of his horses in earlier years, as well as time spent bowling, and dancing. Most importantly he looked forward to having time with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife Dolores of Olivia; his three sons: Dan (and Chris) Hatch of St. Cloud, Patrick “Beaver” Hatch (and special friend Kelly) of Blomkest, and Chad (and Angie) Hatch of Danube; his foster son Mike (and Marion) Harmon of Olivia; his 11 grandchildren: Abbey (and Brad) Hatch-Elfering, Bronson Hatch (and special friend Nicole), Wyatt Hatch (and special friend Erin), Cole Hatch (and special friend Skylar), Jess (and Kyle) Wallentine, Chris (and Mandi) Fischer, Matt (and Kelsey) Fischer, Cody Hatch (and special friend Taylor), Katie Hatch, Christopher Harmon (and special friend Jody) and Samantha Harmon (and special friend Zach); his 16 great-grandchildren; and his siblings: William (and Jo) Hatch of Wheat Ridge, CO, Glennys (and Pat) Schemmel of Pennock, Vivian Laakkonen of Silver Bay, his twin brother Richard (and Marilyn) Hatch of Olivia, and Gerald (and Mary) Hatch of Two Harbors and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
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