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Reno Eugene Hatcher, Jr.
Passed away peacefully at home on November 17, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born to the late Ethel W. and Reno E. "Shine" Hatcher, Sr. on December 3, 1924 in Clark Fork, Idaho, the oldest of 3 children. Reno worked his summers as a teenager manning forest fire lookout towers in North Idaho. One summer, he was called to serve his country in World War II. He joined the Navy and became a Pharmacist's Mate, serving in the South Pacific. Upon returning home from the war, he ordered a coke from a black-haired beauty working the soda fountain named Kelsey McNearney. He would lovingly tease Kelsey, "I ordered a coke with cherry that cost me a nickel and every dime I earned afterwards". Reno and Kelsey were married August 21, 1948 in Clark Fork and later moved to Spokane. They eventually welcomed 9 children, 23 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren and were married for nearly 68 happy years when Kelsey passed away on August 4, 2016. Reno was a hard-working man of faith, kindness, and humor. Reno attended Gonzaga University and took a position with Washington Water Power, training to be a cost accountant. He stayed with the company and retired after 37 years in 1990. Reno and Kelsey were active members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where Reno volunteered and served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He also served on the board for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Reno took on everything in life with a smile and a great sense of humor. He loved to tell stories about growing up in Clark Fork, especially the antics of his younger brother, Floyd. His stories and wisecracks were always delivered with a twinkle in his eye and a big laugh. Reno often reminisced about the joy of dancing with Kelsey in their younger years and throughout their life together. They could be seen dancing and smiling together at every family celebration where there was music, and they often would go out dancing after Reno retired. Reno adored Kelsey, and it showed on the dance floor. He wanted nothing more than to be with her again at the end of his days. Reno was preceded in death by the love of his life, Kelsey McNearney Hatcher; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kate and Blaine Weber; daughter-in-law Lisa Hatcher; brother Floyd Hatcher; and sister, Merle Hatcher Erickson. He is survived by his sons, Fr. Michael (Gita) Hatcher, Chuck (Carol) Hatcher, Tim (Beth Carroll) Hatcher, Barry (Ivy) Hatcher, Sean (Terra) Hatcher, and Shane (Morgan) Hatcher, all of Spokane; daughters, Shannon (Kip) Conley of Spokane and Darcie (Mark) Haigwood of Boise, Idaho; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N Division on Friday, November 25th from Noon until 6PM with the Rosary immediately following in the Rose Chapel. Funeral mass and celebration of Reno's life will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1104 W. Heroy, Spokane, WA 99205 on Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 AM. Graveside services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or Catholic Charities, P O Box 2253, Spokane, WA, 99210.