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William Edward Hattabaugh

May 5, 1938 - Sep 16, 2021 (Age 83)

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I remember him well...so calm in nature, soft spoken, respectful and so good at neutralizing and resolving any potential crisis.

Excellent co-worker. May his soul rest in peace! Comfort to Mrs. Hattabaugh and family.


Bill was "thee" ultimate caring gentleman. Whenever he could help - he did. What a great Christian leader n fantastic family man. We were blessed to have Bill in our lives n visit us in Iowa. Hattabaughs, you have our deepest sympathy. He was one of a kind and we are enriched to have known Bill. Sympathy, Hugs n love, Horsleys...Maureen n Joel n family

Diana, My heart goes out to you in the loss of Bill. May you lean on the Lord & your children in these difficult days ahead. God Bless you richly & may He help fill the void. Pauleen

Dear Diana
I am so very sad to learn of Bill’s passing. As you know, we communicated for years via emails. I honestly felt I knew you, your beautiful family even some of your friends of whom he always spoke so lovingly.
My heart goes out to you. Bill was indeed a quality individual and never wavered from the friendships we had in Pratt. I miss him and his joyful spirit already. God bless you. May your memories comfort you now.
Linda Lippincott Rupe

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. From one animal lover to another, he will be truly missed. He was a wonderful person & we were blessed to have known him.

So sorry for your loss. I met Bill on a few occasions with John and Francie. He was so nice as was his family.

My love and prayers are with you. Bill was a loving and caring man . We will always remember all the beautiful times we spent with all. Allison and I were very sad to hear about his passing.


William's Obituary

William “Bill” Edward Hattabaugh passed away peacefully at his residence in Minneola, Florida on September 16, 2021. Bill was born in Pratt, KS on May 5, 1938 to Gladys Churchwell and William Everett Hattabaugh. Bill graduated from Pratt High School in 1956. He joined the National Guard and completed his education at Pratt Community College and Northwestern University in Alva, OK. After college, he was employed by the civil service in Seattle, WA, and later applied for and accepted a position with the Panama Canal Commission in 1969 in the Republic of Panama where he met his loving wife, Diana Pedreschi. They got married on October 10, 1970 and settled in Panama. After 28 years of dedicated service, Bill retired as Chief of the Payroll Branch with the Panama Canal Commission. Bill and Diana raised their three children in the Canal Zone, Panama. He had called Panama his home since then. He enjoyed playing tennis and hosting happy hours with friends and family at their beach home in Gorgona, Panama. He was a member of the Canal Zone Bottle Collectors Association and the Panama Canal Society. He was a loving, loyal and devoted husband, dad and grandfather.


Bill will always be remembered as the beloved husband of 50 years to Diana Pedreschi de Hattabaugh; loving father of Carlos (Michelle) Hattabaugh, Minneola, FL, Gladys (Russ) Hattabaugh-Stromberg, Windermere, FL, and Julia Hattabaugh, Clermont, FL; loyal brother of Anita Cousins of CO, Frank Hattabaugh of CA and John (Francie) Hattabaugh of MO; proud and devoted grandfather of Victoria Hattabaugh, Christian Stromberg, Sean Stromberg, Paige Janosczyk and Ava Janosczyk. 


To remember his generous spirit, the family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (https://ipffoundation.org/donate/), 

St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html) or Gorgona Catholic Church. (Zelle Account 321-354-4941). 

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