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Ben E. Hatley Jr.


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Ben E. Hatley Jr. Obituary
BEN E. HATLEY, JR.
Age 89, formerly of Riverside, CA, passed away July 28, 2017 in Upland, CA, following an extended illness. He was predeceased in 2003 by his wife of 55 years, Polly Hatley. He is survived by three daughters, Becky Reed (Lowell), Jeri Gereau (Servando) and Rhonda Hatley (Les Wheatley), five granddaughters, two grandsons-in-law, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson. Ben is also survived by a brother-in-law, Rick Yancey, of Nashville, TN and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Born in Memphis, TN, son of Ben E. Hatley, Sr. and Martha E. King Hatley, Ben graduated from Messick High School then started his career with Ford Motor Company. From the mailroom in Memphis, and 7 promotion transfers to other locations, he retired, after a 40 year career, as the Depot Manager in Minneapolis.
Ben and Polly returned to California, and their growing family. Retirement included art and painting classes, guitar groups and travel with Polly in their RV and by plane. They particularly loved Hawaii. Before Polly's death, they had been to 49 of 50 states and several countries. Ben, Rhonda and granddaughter Gina traveled to Alaska to see number 50. A long-time member of Magnolia Center Church of Christ, Ben was also a Mason.
Ben suffered a stroke in 2012, and his mental, then physical health declined. He was lovingly cared for the last year at Light Shine Home Care in Upland and visited daily by family. He will be laid to rest, beside Polly, in Riverside.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 6, 2017
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