In Memoriam: W. Jerome "Jerry" Hatch

W. Jerome "Jerry" Hatch
W. Jerome "Jerry" Hatch

Jerry Hatch, 80, longtime Chicagoan and friend of the Newberry passed away Monday, September 2, 2013.

Jerry was born March 1, 1933 in Avon, IL, the youngest son of Walter and Marie (Fennessy) Hatch. He attended Monmouth College, served for 2 years in the US Army and later earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Illinois. Jerry had a long career in human resources followed by an active retirement.

Throughout his life, Jerry liked to share his love of music and genealogy with those around him. His extensive research into his own family history took him on travels throughout the U.S. and abroad. He was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

A long-time volunteer at the Newberry, Jerry enjoyed working at the annual bookfair. However it was the second floor reading room where Jerry spent most of his volunteer hours, doing “quick searches” for genealogists who were unable to visit the Newberry. He was always willing to assist anyone with a question and to support newcomers by showing them the “ropes.” His strict attention to detail made him an excellent researcher.

Details regarding Jerry’s life and memorial service can be found in his obituary. Memorials may be made to the Newberry, Monmouth College (700 E Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462) or the Avon Federated Church (PO Box 565, Avon, IL 61415).

Jerry leaves behind a large extended family to whom the Newberry offers our deepest sympathies. He will be greatly missed.

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