Donald Aaron Hathaway, 75, was born January 11, 1946, to Basil Edgar and MaryAnna (Sutton) Hathaway in Jay County, Indiana. With his parents and six siblings he moved to a farm near Plato in 1951. He started the following year at Plato and graduated from high school there in 1964. He left for his home. heavenly on September 14, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was married to his high school girlfriend, Judy Steward, on September 26, 1964, in a double wedding ceremony with his sister, Gay, and her husband, Wayne Cook. A daughter, LeAnn and a son, Steven completed their family.
Don spent years working at Fort Leonard Wood where he started out doing groceries at the police station, and ended his career in March 1998, retiring from the asset disposal office. He then spent a few summers working on a road construction crew.
He was a man who had many and varied hobbies over the years. He loved the outdoors and hunted and fished on any occasion. He especially enjoyed rabbit hunting with his stepfather and was rarely without a beagle or two around the house for many years. He did oil painting, wood and rock carving, woodworking, fancy brush animals and origami swans, as well as apple butter and many varieties of jelly. He also loved to mow and maintain his lawn. His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets.
Don was baptized in Roubidoux Creek at a young age and attended Plato Baptist Church with his family for several years. After transferring his membership to Roby Baptist Church about 15 years ago, he became a “welcome” there and served faithfully in that position for several years. He has always loved children and was greeted by many of them every Sunday morning.
As long as his health permitted, he enjoyed taking his grandchildren, nieces and nephews on the old tire swing in the garden, and his great-grandchildren for rides on the old John Deere Gator. Her last weeks were filled with visits and calls from many friends and family and made her realize how lucky and blessed her life had been. He always regarded his family as his greatest blessing in life, while many of them viewed him as one of their greatest blessings. LeAnn and Steve say they couldn’t have asked for a better dad. He always said he didn’t have bad days, only good days and better days. Regardless of what he faced in life, his motto was “It’s just one thing.” He made the world a better place, a smile, a hug, a wave and a day at a time.
Don was predeceased by his parents, Basil and MaryAnna Hathaway; his stepfather, Lloyd Steward, his brothers, John and Jim; his twin sisters, Kay Hall and Gay Cook; half-brothers, Charles, Bud and Paul Hathaway; and half-sisters, Pauline Jones and Nilah Byrd.
Survivors include his wife, Judy of the household; son, Steve Hathaway and wife Lori of Plato, Missouri; daughter, LeAnn Davidson and husband, Bill of Rineyville, Ky .; grandsons, Blake Davidson of Elizabethtown, Ky., Mason Davidson of Rineyville, Ky., Steven Hathaway, Jr. of Denver, Colorado, and Jacob Hathaway of Kansas City, Mo .; granddaughters, Brittany Cook of Okinawa, Japan, and Sydney Davidson of Rineyville, Ky .; one brother, Sam Hathaway and his wife, Gretta of Licking, Missouri; and her sister, Anne Massey of Success, Mo .; four great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons; as well as many other family members and friends.
Memorials are suggested to Roby Baptist Mission Kids to help them continue their acts of kindness. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.com.
A Celebration of His Life is 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Roby Baptist Church with Pastor Wes Mayfield and Pastor Brock Davis officiating. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.