Abraham “Abe” Homer Hatfield, age 35, of Linn passed away of complications from leukemia on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Abe was born in Jefferson City, to Richard and Debra Hatfield.
He was a 2002 graduate of Linn High School.
Abe worked for his father at Hatfield Timber Products for many years before joining the team at his brother’s diesel shop, Hatfield Repair.
He was a member of the St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he could often be found running the sound board while his brother played guitar.
He was a woodworking enthusiast, who crafted a wide variety of items for local benefits, family and friends. Abe greatly enjoyed spending time with his family; he was a devoted uncle to his nephews, taking the boys fishing, going on camping trips, riding go-karts and ATVs, battling in airsoft competitions, playing video games, and just hanging out and joking around.
Abe struggled with health issues most of his life, having been born with spina bifida that led to the deterioration of his kidneys. In his teens, Abe received the gift of a new kidney, which surpassed its life expectancy, but eventually failed.
Despite his medical struggles, Abe never gave up; he endeavored to the best of his ability to lead a productive life, refusing to let his medical issues keep him from working. Even through his recent leukemia diagnosis and treatment, Abe’s concerns were often the unfinished projects in his woodworking shop, and his plans to get back to the task of completing them.
Abe is survived by his father, Richard (Janet) Hatfield of Linn; mother, Debra Hatfield of Linn; sister-in-law, Diane Hatfield and nephews, Tyler, Zach, Noah and Thadeus, of Linn; maternal grandmother, Sue Skinner of Buffalo; aunt Donna (David) Sharrah of Buffalo; uncle Don Hatfield of Buffalo, and three cousins, Daniel, Catriona and Emery.
Abe was preceded in death by his older brother, Josh Hatfield; maternal grandfather, L.D. Skinner; paternal grandparents, Byron and Zelpha Hatfield; and aunt, Sandy Hatfield.
Family and friends were received from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Linn. A Celebration of Life was on Thursday, Sept. 26, also at St. John’s United Methodist Church, at 11 a.m. with Pastor William Barkman officiating. Inurnment followed in the Linn Public Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Abe Hatfield Memorial.
Arrangements were under the direction of Millard Family Funeral Chapel, 919 E. Main St., Linn, Missouri 65051, (573) 897-4848. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.millardfamilychapels.com.