John Hatten

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
John Hatten

Services for Mr. John Hatten, 75, of Spencer, were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. Rev. Tom Flanagan officiated.

Interment took place in North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Mr. Hatten passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

John (Jack) Hatten was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Bancroft, Iowa, to Frank and Gertrude Hatten. He received his education at St. John's Catholic School in Bancroft.

On July 12, 1961, John was united in marriage to JoAnn Lensing of Bancroft. To this union, they were blessed with five daughters: Lisa, Lori, Julie, Angie and Mari Beth. Their early marriage years were spent in Bancroft until John joined Gambles and moved to Carroll, Perry, Spencer, Centerville and back to Spencer in 1977.

In 1981 John fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening a family restaurant in Spencer named "Dad's Place." After 15 years of making faithful friends there, John retired.

He was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, until he could no longer be a lector or usher, due to his illness.

John enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. He also enjoyed many sports and was an avid fan of the Dodgers and Iowa Hawkeyes.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jo; five daughters: Lisa Bradley of Iowa Falls, Lori Holstein of Spencer, Julie Clark (Ed) of Marshall, Minn., Angie Loberg (Merlin) of Omaha, Neb., and Mari Beth Ahart (Jon) of Stewartville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren: Corey and Derek Bradley, Kristi, Jenny and Tommy Clark, Jacob and Matthew Loberg, Emily, Haley and Lucas Ahart; brother, Harold (Isabelle) Hatten of Pinnellas Park, Fla.; and sister, Joan Gochenour of Burke, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and eight siblings: brothers, Elroy, Joe (Lefty) and Ronald, and sisters, Elaine, Marcella, Lorraine, Frances and Mary Ann.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer was in charge of arrangements.