Let the memory of Doc Hatten be with us forever.
Mirth Is King
  • 87 years old
  • Born on September 13, 1924 .
  • Passed away on August 13, 2012 .
Memorial services for Dr. Robert G. Hatten will be 1:30 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Butler Presbyterian Church in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Dick Pierson officiating. Visitation Wednesday evening, 5-7 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009 with Rose Ceremony following visitation at 7 PM. Committal with U.S. Army Honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Cleveland Chiropractic College or Ararat Shrine. Messages of condolence for the family may be left below. Dr. Robert George Hatten, age 87 of Butler, MO., was taken on eagle’s wings just as the sun rose on August 13, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was a true gentleman and a honorable person with a firm handshake. Dr. Hatten, affectionately known as “Poppy” and “Doc” by so many, was born on September 13, 1924 in Independence, MO to the late Okia Belle Campbell and George Washington Hatten. He proudly served his country in WWII in the 511th Parachute Regiment where he assisted in the liberation of the Los Banos Prison Camp, saving thousands of lives. He graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1949 and opened his practice in Butler, MO. where he practiced for 63 years, recently celebrating with his son, Dr. Robert L. Hatten a combined total of 100 years of primary care as chiropractic physicians. He married his loving and devoted wife, Lillie Helen Roth of Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 1944, after a whirlwind romance that began on a WWII troop train. Their 68 years of married life made for a treasury of wonderful stories and memories. They are a shining and true example to their many family members and friends. God gave him an inordinate amount of energy, good health, and time to give back to his community. He served on the Butler City Council, the Butler RV School Board, was president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, president of the Butler Lions Club, Commander of the American Legion, an original Board Member of Butler Enterprise Corporation, Worshipful Master of Butler Masonic Lodge, and a current member of the Board of Directors Community First Bank. He has served as an elder at the Butler Presbyterian Church. His activities with the youth of Butler, include co-managing Foodtown Little League Baseball, an assistant Scout Master and a Sunday school teacher. He served 6 years on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Chiropractic College, where he was honored to receive the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1984 in recognition of his generous commitment and dedication to the college. In 2003, he was designated as a Cleveland Star and is a member of the Ambassador’s Society of the College. He is a fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, a member of Chiropractic Knights of the Round Table, and a member of the Missouri State Chiropractic Association. In his leisure time he could be found golfing or fishing, with his favorite fishing spot being Rusty’s pond where he had his own bench with his name on it. He was a story teller extraordinare and recorded his WWII memories for the Truman Museum in Independence. Children and grandchildren value special trips taken but especially quieter moments that shaped their values and outlook on life. This world cannot contain the love for this fine, principled man who was truly a class act. His passing will create a void in our universe. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillie; three children, Robert L. Hatten and wife Sally; Marianna Hatten and Partner Sarah Oakes; Martha Bledsoe and husband Larry; six grandchildren: Tyler Thornton, Abrielle and husband Mike Flavin, Beth Henderson and fiance Elijah Jump, Chris Hatten and wife Ali, Alex Ruthmann and wife Anne, Nick Ruthmann, Ben Bledsoe and Laurence Bledsoe; and two great-grandchildren Shelby and Seraphim.

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