Henry Hatcher

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ROULETTE - Henry V. "Yogi" Hatcher, 67, of Main Street, went to be with Jesus on Sunday (Jan. 6, 2019) in Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y.
Born June 10, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., he was a son of Henry W. and Beatrice Embree Hatcher. On July 9, 1976, in Midwest City, Okla., he married Michelle A. Norton, who survives. They were married 42 years.
Henry was a graduate of Fox High School, Arnold, Mo., class of 1969. He attended Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga.
Mr. Hatcher was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Air Force.
He was employed with Pittsburgh Corning Co. of Port Allegany for 18 years, retiring in 2002.
Yogi was a professional clown, entertaining children and adults for 38 years. He made it his life mission to bring smiles and joy, both in and out of costume.
Henry was a founding member, trustee, and lay minister with the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, Port Allegany. He lived a life dedicated to sharing God's love and kindness with everyone. His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many that may not have been related, but who loved him and were loved by him as family.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Michelle of Roulette, and mother, Beatrice L. Hatcher of Hillsboro, Mo.; are three sons, Aaron (Donna) Hatcher of Fenton, Mo., Joshua K. (Zoe) Hatcher of Bradford, and H. Jacob (Elizabeth) Hatcher of Clinton, Ohio; two daughters, Michele (Jeff) Linnertz of League City, Texas, and Angela (Jason) Phillips of Hillsboro, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Kerry and Mark (Lisa) Hatcher, both of Hillsboro, Mo., and Douglas Hatcher of Festus, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. Henry was also a beloved father-figure to Patrick Norton, Kristy Turnage, and to many others in the family and community.
He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Debbie Wooldridge.
Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Roulette Fire Department Social Hall, when a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Doug Cameron, pastor of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, or the Roulette Library. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, Yogi be remembered by passing along acts of kindness, smiles, jokes, and love to all those they encounter.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Condolences can be made at www.switzerfuneralhome.com.
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Switzer Funeral Home
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Port Allegany, PA 16743
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Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2019
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