Let the memory of Bob live on forever... GO BLUE!
  • 68 years old
  • Born on May 27, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on June 11, 2017 in South Lyon, Michigan, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one and forever loyal U of M fan, Robert "Bob" Hatch, 68, born on May 27, 1949 and passed away on June 11, 2017.

Bob loved many things in his life but above all loved his family the most.  He is survived by his loving wife Laura and two children Trevor and Kelly Hatch, and his good pal Wynston.  

Bob had many passions in life such as his family, traveling, his work, snow and water skiing, his pal Wynston, and connecting with people through conversation.  He never met a stranger and was willing to talk with whomever wanted to talk.  Bob would talk sports, jokes, cars (Ford only of course), or any topic with someone just to talk.  He is apart of our family now and forever and will be greatly missed.

Bob loved to smile, laugh, and have a good time.  We created this page to celebrate the life of our good friend, father, and husband Bob Hatch.  Please share your memories, photos and videos. 

 Please click this link to view Bob's Memorial Video: 


For out of town attendees or family members looking for a close place to stay:

Holiday Inn Express

6910 Whitmore Lake Rd
Brighton, MI 48116

(810) 227-6300

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer a donation to one of following charities

Please see the links and short bios on each charity below: 




St. Baldricks Foundation 


The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a non-profit organization that donates all of their time and resources to funding childhood cancer research.  

The Humane Society of Huron Valley


The Human Society of Huron Valley HSHV was founded in 1896. They are the only animal shelter in Washtenaw County that takes in all types of unwanted, injured, lost, stray, abandoned, and abused animals. Each year we help over 12,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. 

Active Faith Community Services


In 1987 ten local pastors started Active Faith as as a non-denominational, non-discriminating, licensed, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Active Faith Community Services has worked with low-income households residing within our 84 square mile rural school district. We were established as a food pantry and clothing closet and we have never veered from that original mission. By achieving our goal to help individuals become self sufficient, we realize that it is only as we help others that we permanently succeed.


Posted by Mark Zemko on 23rd June 2017
Dear Laura, Kelly and Trevor, WOW?!? I was just blown away by this sad news. My utmost condolences to you! We have worked with Bob and your family since 2013! He called me one day and said "I know where you were today". I said "Who is this?" He said, "I seen you at Island Lake with your dog." That was the start of our working relationship. NOW, I know where he is today! We will see him again someday, Laura. He is one of the best customers I had. Sheba just loved him and Wynston too! Bob would take the dogs to the park while we worked at your home. Bob never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He certainly LOVED his family very much! We will Miss him.
Posted by Margaret Strom on 16th June 2017
Laura, Trevor & Kelly, our hearts are so heavy with sadness. Sending all of you, the Hatch family & Strom family many hugs of support during this difficult time. Bob was synonymous to Winter Park and the Colorado mountains. We have so many wonderful memories of ski excursions (in Michigan a long time ago, & CO over past 30 yrs) with Bob. Always willing to seek out the powder or settle for a bluebird day. The WP community embraced Bob like a true local. We will miss the fun times with Bob, but hope the rest of family continues to make ski trips here. Lots of love, xoxo Margaret & Dan
Posted by Cindy Jayson on 16th June 2017
Laura, Kelly and Trevor, I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful to have known Bob, and for the many years of wonderful memories I have shared with your family. I was always impressed by Bob’s patience. I remember spending an entire summer afternoon in the ski boat, Bob determined to teach my boyfriend how to ski, never giving up until we had a successful run. Or Bob calmly giving instruction to the girls of Troop 1062 on how to swing a club at the putt-putt course – unfortunately just before one of them conked him in the head with her backswing. And when Bob and Laura came to pick me up for a night out, Laura sitting in the back seat of the car, waiting for me to join her so Bob could play “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on video as he drove us to the Greek Town Casino, where he good-naturedly endured several hours of Laura and I trying to figure out how to gamble on digital slot machines. Bob, we will miss your fortitude, your sense of humor, your giving heart, your friendship. Go blue, my friend.
Posted by Paula Buckman on 15th June 2017
Dear Laura, Trevor & Kelly, Joe's favorite memories were every time we bumped into Bob and Laura at a Michigan football game! And Paula's favorite memory is the story below: I had the privilege of meeting Bob through a mutual friend when he worked at Ford in the early 70s and was living in Farmington Hills. I was impressed with his photographic memory, athletic ability (softball and skiing) and quick wit. Plus he was quite handsome! Laura is one of my closest friends from high school -- very beautiful with a great smile, fun loving and also likes to ski. So an idea 'hatched'. At a Halloween party in the mid 70s, I thought they should meet since they were both single and had so much in common. Bob (who was dressed like a mummy and wrapped in cut up sheets from head to toe and totally unrecognizable) was introduced to Laura. They talked and danced and laughed for most of the party. It was truly a blind date. Then Bob went to the restroom and removed the layer of 'mummy' sheeting and came back into the party looking for Laura. When he found her, she had no idea that the handsome Bob now standing in front of her was the mummy she had been hanging out with the whole party. And the rest is a wonderful history with two beautiful children, a great family and lots of friends. We are saddened for your loss and hope some of the fun memories will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. xo Paula and Joe Buckman
Posted by Kevin O'Brien on 15th June 2017
I was so sad to hear the news on Bob’s passing and I would just like to send my condolences to Laura and the family. I worked with Bob in the late eighties when he came to the uk on a foreign assignment with Ford Motor Company. I have many happy memories working with Bob, but the best times we had are when the team travelled on development trips, both here in Europe and in the US. I have added two photographs which were taken in July 1989 when we went to the Arizona Proving Ground. While we were there Bob organised a day out on Lake Havasu and arranged a Pontoon and Ski boat for the team to have fun. One of the photos shows Bob and the team arriving at the lake to collect the boats. We all had a fantastic day water skiing, sun bathing and relaxing, with lots of barbeque food and beer enjoyed by all. Bob will always be remembered for the great times we had when he was working here in the uk.
Posted by Darryl Smith on 14th June 2017
A story I must share from long ago (not even sure the Hatch family knew this one). In 1967, I met Beverly (Bob's younger sister) while at N. Farmington HS. We "dated", in a HS kinda way & I got to know Bob, but my family moved to A2 later that year. 5 years later, with Bev finishing college @ UM, and me going from HS puberty to full-blown A2 hippie, I was at the Odyssey Lounge in A2 (local dive my band played at regularly) shooting pool in the back. Up comes Bob, somehow recognizing me & my shoulder-length hair & said, "Hey Darryl, Bev's here with me". The rest is history....dating, marriage, family! YOU, Robert Ray, changed my life that night, and continued to have such a positive influence on our family (along with Laura, Kelly & Trevor) as they grew up and especially after losing Bev in 2009. You've been a true Brother & a Hero in my life. Your legacy will bring joy in my life, and that of our family, until we re-unite in Heaven. I love you....&, of course, GO BLUE!!
Posted by Mariya Majewski on 14th June 2017
Bob was like a dad to me ... I will never forget when the Hatch family allowed me to stay at their house for several months just so I can finish middle school with Kelly before we moved. The time when Bob would let me drive his truck just so I can get driving hours to get my license. The time Bob came out with us to Michigan State (even though he hated them) for St. Patrick Day... lets just say he was the coolest dad around. Bob was an outstanding father, a good kind hearted friend and an incredible human being. From the whole Gantishina and Majewski family we will never forget you and forever be thankful for all the love and kindness we received from Bob and the whole family. Bob will be dearly missed ... we love you and miss you!!!
Posted by Brian Blanton on 14th June 2017
Dear Laura, Kelly, and Trevor. Bob was a long time friend at work, and a fellow Bowling Partner for many years. My Birthday was also May 27, but 1950. Bob was always a gentlemen, and a good friend. We always talked about things happening at Ford, which he was always dedicated to. We talked about his Skiing adventures, and he always talked about how he loved his family. He will definitely be missed. God Bless.
Posted by Laura Hatch on 14th June 2017
Thank you everyone so much for the thoughts and stories. They are a comfort and so touching. I am learning things I didn't know or forgot! you know 39 years is a long time to remember all of the details. Yep, we were married in 1978.
Posted by Debby Clark Campbell on 14th June 2017
Dear Laura and Family, My heart goes out to you during this very difficult time. Although I never met Bob, I bet he was a wonderful, kind man. May your happy memories replace your sadness. You are in my prayers, Debby
Posted by Jeff Hedrick on 13th June 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was such a great person I remember countless late nights after softball and bowling solving the world's problems and arguing over pointless topics. Bob will be missed.
Posted by Elaine Miller on 13th June 2017
Dear Laura, Kelly and Trevor, We were very saddened and shocked to hear of Bobs passing. We have many fond memories of Bob and that wonderful moustache!! And of course the New Years Eve trip to NY.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all., with our love Matthew , Elaine, Stuart, Lucy and Natalie
Posted by Suanne Trimmer on 13th June 2017
We remember the "Just Married" sign Bob had made by the Ford art department for our wedding almost 40 years ago - which we still have. There was a section which contained a group of balloons. Bob, who was working at Ford, and knowing that my Dad worked for GM, had one of the balloons changed into a light bulb, which had "Ford has a better idea" written inside. As my Dad was attaching it to the wedding car, a GM Cadillac, he had a good laugh about it. Bob was so clever and funny. He will be missed. Suanne & Kevin
Posted by Mike Jett on 13th June 2017
Dear Laura, Trevor and Kelly. I am so sorry for your loss of husband, father, and a great man. Bob embraced and shared life. He was a leader that I looked up to while at Ford Motor Company. He always was professional and respected of his coworkers. It was actually fun to have worked with / for Bob. Then there was the Red Fenders Softball team that took the fun from the office to the ball field. So many good memories, and I still hear him saying, Mike move over, move over towards center. Ha, what a cool coach :-) And the memories of skiing and taking in the beautiful scenery of Winter Park Mountains with Bob and Trevor..., Kind, giving, positive, and so much much more. He will always be remembered. Love to all of you.
Posted by Jen Capps on 13th June 2017
My deepest thoughts of love are with you all. My prayers are for comfort for all who loved him! I only had the pleasure of spending one day with Bob. Kelly and I and Bob went winetasting and we had a blast! I will forever keep that in my memories! With love Jenn C
Posted by Nancy Eldredge-Krettlin on 13th June 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Bob was so generous to our boys, Joshua and Jacob. He always came over with Wynston to check on Jake after his surgeries, Bob always knew how to cheer Jake up and put a smile on his face.But he didn't stop there he also encouraged him through his difficult physical therapy and always gave Jake great advice. Bob also generously brought Wynston to Joshua's school (Father Gabriel Richard) for special Olympics, I heard later Wynston was the boys and girls favorite part of the day. Thank you, Bob for the great memories you will be forever in our hearts. Heaven has gained an Angel.
Posted by Ryan Kersman on 13th June 2017
I remember on my Bachelor night Bob went the distance and pulled an all nighter with my brother and I while ending the evening/morning at his place going out on the lake @630am on the wave runners and ending it with a soak in the hottub. The time I got to spend going to Michigan games and watching the final game with him on the couch this last season I will cherish forever. Thank you for the great memories Bob I will miss you. My thoughts and Prayers to the rest of the family Love you all.
Posted by Mark Laginess on 13th June 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hatch extended family. Bob was one of my favorite bosses, always supportive and personable with a quick wit and easy smile. I enjoyed catching up with him at bowling on Thursday nights, hearing about his family and the latest adventures of his life. Rest in peace, my friend!
Posted by Carol Neuhart on 13th June 2017
Dear Laura, Trevor and Kelly. I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a terrific guy. I am happy I had the pleasure of working with him for 10 yrs at Ford/Visteon. I remember him playing a big part in decorating my cubical when I turned 50 so you can only imagine how much I looked forward to getting even when he turned 50. Several of the guys who worked for him stayed after work with me to decorate his office. We hid in rooms blowing up dozens of balloons all day to fill his office. I will never forget his laughter when he opened his door. Of course that meant I had to arrive extra early to make sure I could see his face.
Posted by Samantha Walker on 13th June 2017
My heart breaks for the entire family, you all have become my second family. Uncle Bob was one of a kind, his smile would light up a room and his jokes were bound to put a smile on your face! He will truly be missed. I wish I could find the pictures for the Michigan game we went to long ago! May he rest in Paradise, and live on through the memories we all have of him. x0x0 love you guys Sam and Brent Walker
Posted by Tina Servies on 13th June 2017
My heart is breaking for your sweet family. We have such fond memories of Bob and your family. Our time together in Colorado skiing was so much fun, til Bob got hurt.
Posted by Maureen Wynalek on 13th June 2017
Dear Laura, Trevor and Kelly, We were so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. We have great memories of you all from our time in England. Our love and most sincere sympathy. Jim and Maureen Wynalek
Posted by Jeff Thomas on 13th June 2017
Can't say enough about my brother-in-law, he would call a couple of times a week to let me know what was happening in Michigan football, the tailgates for I don't know how many years, his Michigan boots he wore at all the games, painting his mustache blue. I have tears in my eyes writing this, what a great great guy, he will be truly truly missed. Bob may you rest in peace, I love you man.
Posted by Mimi Boon on 12th June 2017
Dear Laura, Kelly and Trevor, So very sorry for your loss. Whenever we saw Bob he was always very friendly and had the best smile! We really enjoyed getting to know him during the ski weekends at Treetops. He was a great skier and was always helpful with the kids when they were skiing. May your fond memories help you all through this most difficult time. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers. Mimi and Larry

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