Robert L. Hathaway, 83, passed away November 25, 2015 at Visiting Nurses and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He fought many illnesses the last 11 years. He was born November 5, 1932 to Everett and Lulu (Kuhn) Hathaway. Bob was a graduate of Pierceton High School. On June 9, 1978 in Warsaw he married his best friend and love of his life Vivian Brown, who survives.
Bob was a Production Manager at Zimmer, retiring after 25 years. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. He was creative, artistic and could fix most anything. He enjoyed gardening, staying busy keeping deer out of the garden and arborvitaes. Fishing was a favorite sport for him. Winters were spent in the Florida Keys, where he experienced backcountry fishing. He enjoyed many favorite local lakes for fishing. Bob and Vivian traveled across all 50 states, parts of Europe and many cruises including the Panama Canal. Come spring, trips to northern Michigan were made hunting for Morel mushrooms. He looked forward to watching Notre Dame Sports and NASCAR races. Bob was fun, witty and could make us laugh, even when very sick.
He is survived by his wife Vivian, daughter Cynthia (Jerry) Kreger of Pierceton, son Chris (Emmy Conley) Hathaway of Syracuse, and step daughter Lisa (Dennis) Bunda of Little Rock, Arkansas. Granddaughters are Julie (Steve) Poe, Beth (Jesse) Hite, Shelby (Matt) Pentz, Kelsey Kreger, Hailey Bunda and grandson William Bunda. Great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews survive. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
He will be missed.
A Celebration of Roberts life will be held Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Indiana with Pastor Toni Carmer officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw. Visitation for Robert will be Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel in Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to: Visiting Nurses and Hospice Home of Fort Wayne, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.