Stephen James Hatch, 46 and his beloved wife, Kimberly Dawn Hatch, 44, both died in a tragic plane crash Friday, June 24, 2011, in Charlevoix. Son Austin James Hatch survived the crash and is hospitalized. Inspirational to so many, Steve and Kim were devoted to their family, serving others, and honoring God (www.caringbridge.org).
Stephen was born in Saginaw, Mich., attending Saints Peter and Paul High School. Stephen was a devoted husband, father, brother, son and uncle. He was an anesthesiologist and partner in Pain Management Associates in Fort Wayne, Ind., a medical and business leader in the community, a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and Blackhawk Ministries, was involved with Canterbury School and Smith Air Field, and was committed to supporting a number of charities and organizations. He loved being heavily involved in his children's lives, especially mentoring their youngest son, Austin James, as a student athlete. He was so proud to see him commit to play basketball for U of M in 2013.
Steve was preceded in death by his first wife, Julie Lynne Siwik Hatch, children, Lindsay Katherine and Ian Michael, who were always close to the family's hearts.
Survivors of Steve and Kim include son, Austin James Hatch, expecting daughter, Maria Hatch Bowersock (husband Jason Bowersock), daughter, Brittnee (Neal) Hatch (and fiance Jarred Burns), and son, Austin Thomas (Neal) Hatch, all of Fort Wayne, Ind.; parents of Stephen, Peg and Jim Hatch of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Petoskey, Mich; mother of Kimberly, Anna Russo, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; grandmother of Stephen, Frances B. Hatch of Saginaw, Mich.; grandmother of Kimberly, Josephine Russo, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Steve's sister, Julie Burk, of Valparaiso (brother-in-law Dennis; nephews Jordan and Evan, and niece Hanna); Steve's brother, Michael Hatch, of Pasadena, Calif. (sister-in-law Ellen; nephews, James and Andrew); Kimberly's sister, Laura Cox of Fort Wayne, Ind. (brother-in-law Tom; nieces Nicole and Rachel), and many, many other loving friends and relatives.
A memorial and a Celebration of Life are planned 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Blackhawk Christian Ministries, 7400 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, Ind. 46815. The family requests no media presence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hatch Charitable Gift Fund, in care of D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46825, which is in charge of arrangements.
Stephen and Kimberly loved God and spread sunshine and love upon everyone they touched. May their light continue in Heaven and on Earth.