SOUTH BEND – Doyle Albert Hatfield, 79, South Bend, passed into the arms of the angels Aug. 10, 2014, at his residence with his wife and daughter at his side.
He was born July 28, 1935, in Palestine, to John Albert and Hazel Buell Hatfield. On Nov. 9, 1957, in Warsaw, he married his childhood sweetheart, Jewel Marie Stafford, who survives. He always said she was a little gem.
He grew up in the small towns of Burket, Leesburg and Warsaw. From January 1954 to January 1957, he served in the Korean War. He moved to South Bend in 1977 and worked for the Pony Express Courier Company until he retired at the age of 62.
He loved fishing. He loved Notre Dame football and basketball. He loved his family and friends and his cat, Midnight. He had the biggest heart and was always willing to help others. He was a member of the VFW Post 1126. Most of all, he loved life.
Also surviving are his daughter, Virginia; two special nieces, Sonia Kinch (and Jim Winchester) and Margie (and spouse Mike) Caverly, all of Warsaw. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Donald, Eugene, twin brother Dale; and a sister, Kate.
The family would like to thank the Center of Hospice Care, who are truly wonderful; Dr. Ansari, Dr. Sam McGrath, Dr. John Jacobs; and the wonderful staff at Memorial Hospital. He fought his battle with cancer right up to the very end. He was the bravest person.
Dad know this … Mom and I have always loved you. You were to us the best husband and father that ever was. We will miss you and cherish you all the days of our lives. I know that you are up there on that lake fishing and having the time of your life. So save me a spot next to you ... oh, and Dad, don’t forget to bait my hook ... Love you always.
As per his request, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Cremation will take place. A private graveside service will be at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 S. Mayflower, South Bend, is handling the arrangements.
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Memorials to Center For Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.