CORNELL — Patrick J. Hatzer Sr., 85, of Cornell, passed away peacefully Sunday (Aug. 18, 2019) at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be Terry Mullen, Marty Hatzer, Doug Hatzer, Rich Hatzer, Ed Capko and Tim Kenney. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Born Sept. 2, 1933, in Streator, he was the son of Louis and Helen Pickworth Hatzer. He married Annette Elias on Dec. 1, 1956, at St. Stephen's Church, Streator.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Hatzer, Pontiac; a son, Patrick (Aggie) Hatzer Jr., Streator; daughters, Cindy (Jim) O'Brien, Rockton; Cheryl (Dr. Jeffry) Tillery, Dunlap; Lisa (Gary) Shay, Hoschton, Ga.; and Kim (Brian) Martin, Long Point; grandchildren, Sean (Meghan) Cramer, Ryan Cramer, Michelle (Ry) Whittington, Meghan (Chris) Krzan, Jennifer (Seth) Uphoff, Alyssa (Kristina DeRycke) Tillery, Brian Tillery, Maggie Shay, Kelly (Kelsey Jones) Shay, Erin (Jairius) Mayweather, Kevin Shay, Kayla (Ben Burton) Martin, and Sarah Martin; eight great-grandchildren (and three on the way); a brother, Richard (Carol Ann) Hatzer, Pontiac; a sister, Helen Capko, Cornell; and a brother-in-law, Bill Kenney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Sean Patrick Hatzer; sisters, Mary Kenney and Joan Mullen; and brothers-in-law, Edward “Bud” Capko and John Mullen.
Pat was raised and lived his lifetime in the Cornell area. He attended Cornell schools and graduated from Cornell High School in the class of 1951.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. Pat was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for the family-owned business Valley View Industries in Cornell for many years, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of the former St. Anthony Church and currently belonged to St. Mary's Church in Pontiac. He was a former member of the George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council 790 and the Parish Council at St. Anthony's Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Kidney Foundation, American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association.