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Orville K. Hathaway, 86, Delphi, died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 17, 1930, in White County to the late Earl and Hazel McClellan Hathaway. His marriage was to Frances M. Grassmyer on Feb. 8, 1948, in Bloomington, and she survives.
He attended Cutler High School. He belonged to the I.U.O.E. Local 103 of Kokomo, as a heavy equipment operator for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He had previously worked at the former Brown Rubber plant in Lafayette for two years. He was an active member of the Radnor United Methodist Church, serving as lay leader, song leader, Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader, and was a former church board chairman, and served on many church committees. He enjoyed singing, and was in a quartet at an early age, singing at church and with his family, "The Hathaway Family Singers." He enjoyed playing the banjo, guitar, lap steel guitar and dulcimer. He belonged to a fast-pitch softball league for many years and helped coach some of his daughters in their summer rec softball league. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing, and his garden, which always produced giant produce. He also liked to work crossword puzzles.
Orville's love for his wife and family, and the good Lord, was deep-seated. He never met a stranger and was always ready to give a hug and encouraging word to anyone he met. Our loss is his gain as he now resides with his Lord and Savior Jesus.
Surviving are his wife, Frances M. Hathaway, Delphi; daughters, Elaine Latia of San Antonio, Texas, Tara and Wayne Garrison of Monticello, Jennifer Best of Oskaloosa, Kansas, Carole and Eric Thomsen of Jacksonville, Florida, Gail and Jeffrey Marshall of Elkhart; sons, Kenneth and Constance Hathaway of Lafayette, and Kevin and Lori Hathaway of Delphi; a sister, Nellie Peters of Camden; a brother, Wayne Hathaway of Kokomo; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Suzanne Hathaway of Flora, Jan Hathaway of Camden and Jane Hathaway of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by six sisters and seven brothers.
A funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 14, at Radnor United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial will be at Zion Citizens Cemetery, rural Carroll County.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi.
Memorial contributions to the Radnor United Methodist Church, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Published on April 11, 2017
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