AMerican Veteran 11


Jerry Lee Hatchett

June 19, 1938 ~ April 10, 2019 (age 80)

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Cathi Hatchett Hartzell
My uncle Jerry and I were with my Grandmother Wilma Hatchett his mother when she was passing. She was peaceful and quite in those few hours she had left. He asked if he could bless me and I said yes. He put his hands on my head and I felt a comfort and warmth that I had never felt before and have not since. I know his heart is with the lord because he gave me some of that. I will always remember him for that. He was a great Uncle as well. Many memories of growing up with their children on holidays and special times. My heart is with the family as I will be thinking of you during this time.

Posted on April 12, 2019 8:50 AM
Steve Hatchett
Jerry was the epitome of a "get it done".  A man who fought through many challenges and ultimately left a legacy of hard work, dedication, and commitment.  He loved his family, church, military service and is reunited with his sweet wife Karmen.  The world was a better place because you were here.  Thank you Dad.

Posted on April 13, 2019 9:43 AM
Debra Hatchett daughter
When I think of my father I am so thankful for the plan of salvation. We all come to this earth to learn and progress. None of us come here perfect, nor do anyone of us leave here perfect. Due to the incomprehensible gift of the atonement we all have a chance to live with our Father in Heaven, His Son, Jesus Christ and our families. I look forward to seeing my Father again. I am thankful to be sealed to him. 
My father always tried to be true to the church. I am thankful that he joined the church and I was born under the covenant. He has used his Priesthood power for my benefit for as long as I can remember. I remember being a small child maybe 2 or 3 years old and lying in the bed not feeling well and my mother saying “she’s burning up”. My father layed his hands on my head and immediately I felt calm and better and peace. I am thankful to have grown up in a family with a worthy man who held Priesthood keys. Once on my mission I woke up to feel a dark evil presence directly above me. I knew it wanted to destroy me. I managed to get out of bed and pray. I wrote home about the experience but I was serving in Peru and it often took 6 months for a letter to travel from me to my family. About six months later I received a letter from my father telling me he woke up in the middle of the night with great concern for me and fear that I was in danger. He said he stood by the side of his bed and raised his arm to the square and commanded the evil to leave me alone. Families are forever. We were in the same time zone I was just a lot further south on the earth. We soon figured out that both of our experiences were at the same time. The ties of family and the responsibility of a father for his children are not limited by distance. 
The beautiful eulogy my brother Steve wrote mentions my father’s work ethic. He instilled this in me also and I am thankful for the things I have been able to do because I knew how to work. He also gave me lots of opportunities to work with tools. I have built chicken coops and figured out how to make do with what I had because I saw my father do it.  
I thank my father for his sacrifice when my mother was away from him for the better part of 6 months while I was in the Cleveland Clinic for a bone marrow transplant. I am thankful that he gave up his new home in Frankfort so he and my mother could move in with me as I was continuing to be too sick to take care of myself long after the bone marrow transplant. 
As a nurse practitioner I know that the illnesses that he battled at the end of his life are quite painful. I am thankful that we have medicines that could help with that pain and that he can now rest free from pain and the cares of the this world.  Although I’m sure he misses those of us left here on earth I’m sure he is rejoicing in seeing my mother again and many others who have passed before. 

Posted on April 14, 2019 11:00 AM
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