Obituary: Lloyd “Gene” Hatfield

Gene HatfieldLloyd Eugene “Gene” Hatfield, 84, of Fairfield Bay, AR, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born to the late Lloyd and Vera Hatfield, September 25, 1929, in Valley Falls, KS. He is reunited with his beloved wife, Jane Gray, who passed away on April 27, 2014. Gene was a member of the Lambda Chi fraternity and a member of the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir. Gene retired in 1988 after a 37-year career in sales for 3M.  However, Gene never really retired because he was actively engaged in his community.  He served in roles on the Lake Area Fun Flyers Squadron (LAFFS), Coast Guard Auxiliary, Fairfield Bay Yacht Club, Rotary, and was on the board of Wear & Share.  Gene is survived by four children: Douglas Hatfield, Cabot, AR; Linda Tjernlund, Clinton, AR; Sandra (Larry) Mitsch, Gurnee, IL; Beverly Kelley, Lawrence, KS.  Gene was preceded in death by son, Robert Hatfield.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Fairfield Bay. An additional service will be held at a later date in Valley Falls, KS.


  1. Susan (Merriman) Bass says:

    This has to be a member of the family I am looking for. Charles and Rose Norris,their daughter Zelma, b. 1906, lived in Valley Falls, Kansas for over 60 years. Among their best friends were Vera and Lloyd Hatfield. Our family tradition holds that Vera and Lloyd moved to Kansas bringing many of their goods by wagon, On the wagon were purported to be 3 hand carved cherry wood “cannonball beds”. Charlie and Rose ended up with one of the beds. It resided in the Norris’ home my entire life until the death of Rose at 101 yrs old. I was told it originally had a trundle bed that slid underneath it, but this I never saw. I now own the bed and would love to know more of Lloyd and Vera’s story.

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