Robert Karl Hatcher, age 94, of White Oak, died April 28, 2019. He was born in McKeesport on July 23, 1924 and is the son of the late William P. and Clara A. Helfer Hatcher and the husband of the late Virginia Naomi Strawderman Hatcher. He was a proud vet of the US Navy during WWII where he served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Trathen DD530. He was a member of the White Oak American Legion Post #701 and VFW Post 8430 Hilltoppers where he enjoyed many Straub Beers with his friends. He enjoyed flea markets, collecting cans for spare change and bowling. He loved sharing stories about his military service and the CCC Camps in Idaho. The family would like to thank his very good friends who helped out over the years, especially Joe, Darlene, Danny, and Daren. Robert was employed at US Steel National Tube in McKeesport until he retired. His favorite saying was, “Life is short, and the wages are small, take it easy, and God bless them all”.
He is survived by numerous nephews and nieces; 2 great-nephews (and caretakers), Josh (Amanda) Hatcher of Mt. Pleasant and Jeremy (Kristen) Hatcher of Greensburg. He was preceded in death by brothers, William, Harry, Edward, Rick, and his beloved companion Teddy.
Family and friends will be received at Strifflers of White Oak Cremation and Mortuary Services, Inc., 1100 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 (Sue Striffler Galaski, supervisor, 412-678-6177) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 3 pm until 7 pm, where a service will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:00 am with Pastor Charles Owston officiating. Burial will follow at Lebanon Church Cemetery.
To share a memory or condolence, visit strifflerfuneralhomes.com.
Originally published April 29, 2019.