ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our Dad.   He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather,  and Great Grandfather.   Jack Hatfield Sr. 72 years old , born on February 9, 1946 and passed away on October 12, 2018. Forever in our hearts.  This memorial page is so that future generations will learn of Dad for the man he really was, a true, kind, loving man.  

Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on March 12, 2020
Hi Dad, here it is again, this dreaded day. Miss you so much but with everything going on I'm so glad you safe in God's arms. This virus is something else. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Your name is brought up daily. I don't think you realize how much you have impacted me. Again missing you so much...until we meet again..know I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 12, 2020
Missing you today. 16 months today. I hate seeing the 12th brings back a flood of emotions. Although it brings me comfort to know tour not hurting and your spending time with the people you love; there's people down here that is missing you so much they find it hard to go on with normal every day things. Time heals is what I always hear...not with me it's just as fresh as the day you left. Missing you, think of you often, and love you with all my heart.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 9, 2020
Happy 74th Birthday to my dear Dad. There are no words that can describe what this day brings. I miss you so much. I hope you have a glorious birthday in heaven with Jesus. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 3, 2020
Missing you today. Its February and this was the month we were going to start our business. So much happened in this month... joy and sorry. Brets, Jo's, Jaedyn and your birthday. The passing of Harry and the month you got sick. Looking at these pictures bring tears to my eyes. Miss you so much.. wish you were here...wish I could talk to you. I love you Dad
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on January 12, 2020
I Am Learning How To Live
by Wysocki

I am learning how to live
In a new way
Since that day
You were taken away.

I am learning how to live
With the things left unsaid
Knowing I got to say them
With every tear that I shed.

I am learning how to live
By embracing the pain
Knowing that you live on
Through the memories that remain.

I am learning how to live
Knowing I will never again see your face
And I have peace knowing
You’re in a better place.

I am learning how to live
Knowing you’re in God’s care
It gives me the strength to move on
And makes the pain much easier to bare.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on January 12, 2020
Fifteen months..but it feels like yesterday. The pain of losing you is still so fresh. I still talk to you daily and I know you hear me because I can feel your presence all around me. Oh how I wish I could hug you. I love you Dad.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on December 31, 2019
Happy New Years Eve 2019 Dad. This year has flown by in so many ways but as for me missing you... it never goes away. Hope your enjoying this New Years Eve with Jesus. We miss you Dad. We love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas Dad. We missed you today. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on December 24, 2019
Merry Christmas eve Dad. You are missed so much. All day my mind has been going back to yesteryear when I was a child and all of us gathering home for Christmas. I love you and although I know your in the best place possible, your surely missed here. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on December 12, 2019
Its been fourteen months today. I've been told it gets easier in time. That's not true. I miss you more today than I did before. I wish you were here to celebrate all the upcoming holidays. I remember Christmas growing up and how you played the guitar on Christmas eve... and we gathered together as a family.  That don't happen anymore. Its just not the same without you. Missing you so much... I love you Dad. I hope you can see and know how much of an impact you had in our lives. There is a gaping hole in our hearts and nothing can fill it. 
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on November 27, 2019
Thanksgiving 2019 is tomorrow. Its not the first Thanksgiving since you've been gone.. but its still as hard and my heart brakes with the thought of you not being here. I miss you so much. You loved to eat.. bless your heart. You always piled your plate full. Turkey... ham... Brussels sprouts.. mashed potatoes... lol anything and everything. God I miss you. I have a lot to be Thankful for. GOD has been good to me and I am truly blessed But I do miss you Dad... so very much... especially this time of the year. I hope you know... your always here with me in my heart. Happy Thanks giving Dad. 
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on November 12, 2019
Some days are worse than others but there's not a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. They say that time eases the pain.. but I don't think its true.... the pain of losing you is as harsh as the day you left.  I miss you so much.  I love you Dad
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on October 12, 2019
One year ago today.... 2:42 pm ..Miss you Dad... I love you
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on September 12, 2019
Missing you today . You have been gone for 11 months but it seems like yesterday and a lifetime ago at the same time. Love you
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on September 8, 2019
Dad, just got done adding the info about our family tree... I'm sorry I never had the chance to finish a good copy for you. You were fascinated and so excited to talk about our tree with me. I miss you so much. My heart breaks wishing I had one more day with you ... so we could just talk. I love you Dad. 
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on September 1, 2019
Tomorrow is Labor Day and I'm missing you as usual. I'm having a cookout but it wont be the same without you. Just know your missed terribly and so very much loved. Love you....
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on August 12, 2019
Missing you Dad. I love you....
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on July 12, 2019
Nine months ago God took your hand....along with a piece of my heart. Missing you Dad. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on July 4, 2019
Dad,
Sitting here thinking of you per usual. Its July 4th and nothing is the same without you. Mom won't play bags with us anymore, we don't get together anymore like we used to. You are sorely missed by everyone.
We talk about you often. Memories flood my mind, you making your furniture, your wells etc, playing bags and doing your little jig... those memories are precious to me. Its all I have left of you.
I'm heartbroke and there is nothing I can do about it. I do love you Dad.
I hope your having a great 4th in Heaven. We love and miss you Dad.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on June 17, 2019
Yesterday was the first fathers day without you. I thought of you all day. We celebrated with family and friends but it wasn't the same. I felt you all day. I know you were looking down on us smiling. Happy Father's Day Dad. You were missed so very much. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on June 12, 2019
Hi Dad, its just me. Been thinking of you all day,. It's been 8 months since you've gone away. I watched the clock all day today, remembering those few precious moments before God took you away. I don't know if you recall or not but I played your song, "Ride out the Storm", minutes before you slipped away. I know God was there with you, you were at peace even then. My heart aches everyday, but on the anniversary of your passing, it's a little deeper than the norm. I think of you often, your always on my mind, simple things remind me of you, everywhere I look, everywhere I go I see you there. Been working on my yard and every time I look over to the chairs in the corner, you know the ones you made, I expect to see you there, but your not...only in my memories. I miss you so Dad. Missing you so very much today. I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on May 28, 2019
Yesterday was Memorial Day. This was a holiday that we celebrated together as a family in remembrance of the fallen vets. So much has changed since you've been gone....there is no more family without you. Everyone has gone their own way ..no one talks to anyone. .it's really sad. This family misses you very much..you were the glue that kept us all together and now since your gone we've all come apart. It was just a sad day all around for me. I thought about you all day. I kept looking at the empty seat that you once held everytime you were here....I did get Mom to come over..so at least that was good. We tried to enjoy the day but it wasn't the same, just like every holiday something was missing. I don't know if you truely knew what you meant to all of us, but if you can see down here all of us now...well I think you would now know. Miss you Dad so very much. My heart aches and tears roll down my face...I love you and so wish you were here healthy and strong. You were desperately missed.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on May 12, 2019
Its been 7 months today and I'm Missing you Dad. Even though it's Mothers Day, you always made it special for all of the Moms in our family, and because of who you were and all you did, my Mother's Day is incomplete.  I love you so much.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on April 21, 2019
Hi Dad, Missing you today. Happy Easter in Heaven. Wishing you were here but oh how wonderful it must be celebrating the resurrection with Jesus himself. No tears today... well, no more tears today... I promise. Happy Happy Easter Daddy. We love you so much.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on April 12, 2019
Today marks 6 months. Missing you today just as I do every day. Your great grand daughter Xeriah, who just turned two, was over a few days ago, seen your picture on the wall and said "Papaw...". I said your right, that's Papaw. You left your mark on all of us.  You'll live in our hearts forever. Love you Dad.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on March 14, 2019
5 months ago you left us. I miss you more today than yesterday. I wish I could hear you say, "Hello hello hello.... or even Hi Bib. Wishing you were here. Love you Dad now and always.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 12, 2019
It's been 4 months since you've gone to be with Jesus. On one hand it seems like yesterday and on the other a lifetime ago. Still missing you as much as ever. You have been on my mind alot these past few days. I hope and pray that I did right in my decisions that I made Second guessing myself as always. If I let you down in any way, know I am so very sorry. I love you Dad.
Posted by Charrissa Hensel on February 9, 2019
Missing you today. Sang Tight Fittin' Jeans before breaking down. I love you and I hope you're having a fantastic birthday, even if we can only celebrate with you in spirit.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 9, 2019
Missing you so very much today. You were never one to want gifts but you were always appreciative. Hope today is a wonderful day in heaven as you celebrate with Jesus. Know that we are missing you and love you deeply

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Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on March 12, 2020
Hi Dad, here it is again, this dreaded day. Miss you so much but with everything going on I'm so glad you safe in God's arms. This virus is something else. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Your name is brought up daily. I don't think you realize how much you have impacted me. Again missing you so much...until we meet again..know I love you.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 12, 2020
Missing you today. 16 months today. I hate seeing the 12th brings back a flood of emotions. Although it brings me comfort to know tour not hurting and your spending time with the people you love; there's people down here that is missing you so much they find it hard to go on with normal every day things. Time heals is what I always hear...not with me it's just as fresh as the day you left. Missing you, think of you often, and love you with all my heart.
Posted by Jennifer Shepherd on February 9, 2020
Happy 74th Birthday to my dear Dad. There are no words that can describe what this day brings. I miss you so much. I hope you have a glorious birthday in heaven with Jesus. I love you.
his Life

Jackie aka Jack aka Dad Summary Born February 9, 1946

Born on February 9, 1946 (Aquarius), at home, in Egypt,  West Virginia, to Troy and Lillian Maye Hatfield (Elkins).   Siblings:  Ross Hatfield, Opal Hatfield Dodgins, Betty Hatfield, Harry Eugene Hatfield, Janice Hatfield Carter, Regina Hatfield Dean, Lois Hatfield, David Hatfield, & Rick Hatfield.  


Dad was the second oldest son and the 4th child. There were 10 brothers and sisters in all.  And then eventually he had 7 more half brothers and sisters.   

He grew up hard and dirt poor. Maybe that's why he was the way he was. He used to laugh and say he had to walk to school 10 miles one way, barefooted, in the snow, uphill.  He would say they would have biscuits and gravy one day and gravy and biscuits the next day. He talked about going out into the garden and getting vegetables, sitting down right there and chowing down.  

He had a lot of hard knocks in life... but it made him the man he was... that was his words. He buried his Mom, Lillian at the age of 17.  Had to identify his sister Janice, her kids and her husbands body when the Buffalo flood hit.  Then buried his Dad Troy, his oldest brother Ross and sister Opal. Not to mention many other family and friends through out the years.  
Born and raised in Egypt (Gilbert) West Virginia.  He graduated from Gilbert High School.  His Dad asked him what he wanted for graduation he replied a bus ticket out of West Virginia.  He then moved to Illinois to build his life.

He tried to enlist in the army but they wouldn't take him because of his flat feet.

He said the hardest thing a person would ever have to do...was to look upon your loved ones face after they die. He didn't want to be kept up for 3 days for a wake and then a funeral.  "Once is enough"... he said.   He told us he wanted to be cremated when he passed. That was something that was hard for me to get my head around when he first told me.  I asked him why... he said it was cheaper and wanted his ashes to be spread out over his mom's grave.  I think it had everything to do with how death affected him after he had to identify his sister and her family.  But that's just my opinion. 

EDUCATION

Graduated from Gilbert High School, Gilbert West Virginia, in 1964. Moved to Chicago at the age of 18 and started working.  

He had the best kind of education... hands on training for injection molding and thermoplastics.

Through out the years Dad had many in-house courses in supervisory training.  


PERSONALITY:

Dad was a down home country boy all the way around.  His deep southern drawl was something I will never forget.  Dad was a southern gentleman thru and thru.  He had a wonderful sense of humor but the Hatfield came out in him when he was mad.  You wouldn't want to be on his bad side. LoL.  He wasn't fancy but he was far from plain.  He was a home body.   Very friendly and caring. Genuinely a nice guy.  There is not one person who I've met, that new Dad, who didn't like him. Quite the opposite.  Everyone who I've talked to has said, "You know, he is the nicest guy I have ever known."   He was compassionate and would give his shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.   He lived a simple lifestyle.  He believed nothing in life was free... you work hard to get what you want and need.  Hard work built character.  

Dad was raised in the Baptist faith.  He was a God fearing man and treated everyone with kindness and respect.  He  believed, as well as, practiced.. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." He never judged a person just their actions. He said on many many occasions... that he was truly blessed. 

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Happy Birthday!

Shared by Charrissa Hensel on February 10, 2020
I know this is late, but I posted on my page yesterday. Happy Birthday Papa. While I do wish I could have spent the day celebrating with you, I hope you had a wonderful time singing, laughing, and eating good food in great company. I miss you more than words can say. ❤ It was hard without you. I love you so much.

HAPPY 74th BIRTHDAY DAD

Shared by Jennifer Shepherd on February 9, 2020
Today we (the family) got together to celebrate your birthday.  We went to Coyote Canyon and had a good time.  We laughed and cried... missed you terribly.  But I know you could see us all there to celebrate with you.   You are the glue of this family.. have always been and will always be.  We love you so very much.

A special Memory of Bret and Dad

Shared by Jennifer Shepherd on February 4, 2020
February 2, 2020 was Brets birthday.   After talking to him I heard a wonderful (yet heartbreaking) memory from Bret that I wanted to add.  I never knew the whole story behind it until now.  This was an especially hard birthday for him this year  and now I understand why.

Dad was going blind.  We all knew one day it would happen.  Only we had no clue just how bad his eye sight had got.  He always down played it.  Thinking back now, the signs were there, only I was so wrapped up in my own world that I didn't really pay attention.
  
On February 3rd 2016 it was time for Dad's drivers license renewal.  Thinking back I now remember how worried he was about passing the vision test.  His peripheral vision wasn't what it used to be because of his surgery back in 2000. Only I had no idea it was as bad as it was. 

Well as it turns out Dad and Bret always went to renew their license together. They would both go to the Morris DMV.  Bret would go first and do the vision test loud and slow so Dad could remember it because he couldn't see the peripheral sides.  This is what happened on that day in 2016.  He was so relieved when they gave him 4 more years. He was tickled pink.  I remember the phone conversation we had afterwards.  He was giddy and sounded so relieved.  Bless his heart.  Thinking back now, he never really drove after that. He would never put himself or anyone else in danger.  I guess just having his license was all he needed. Dad was a proud man.  He sacrificed so much and kept a lot from us so not to burden us. 

I know his birthday is coming up but I didn't realize this would have been the time to renew his license again. His license is to expire on February 9, 2020.  He would have not passed the vision, I don't think.. not even with Bret's help and that would have destroyed him.  But the idea of what he went through the last time made my heart ache.  As, I'm sure, it did Bret. Bret went early this year to renew his license to try avoid this but it didn't help.  

So as hard as this year will be, it also brings me some comfort to know that He wouldn't have to fail his vision test. I know, despite him not seeing well, he would have went and tried.  Dad never quit.  

I do know that he is with Jesus and he can now see.  No need for a license now.  

This is a special memory that only Bret and Dad share. Time, nor death, will ever take that away.