Ronald D. Hatten

  • Died: August 12, 2015
  • Location: Jackson, Ohio

Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home

135 Broadway Street
Jackson, OH 45640

Tel. (740) 286-4161

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ronald D. Hatten, age 64, of Jackson, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015
at his residence. He was born Oct. 3, 1950 in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda (McManis) Hatten and mother, Betty (Tripp) Hatten.

He is survived by his father, Harold Hatten Sr. and stepmother, Betty Hatten; children: Dannetta (Jamie Ratcliff) Spencer, Dan (Melissa) Spencer, Lisa Spencer, Jason (Renee) Hatten, Sarah (Randy) Tobert, Rachel (Jeff) Russell and Chad Spencer; two brothers, Harold (Medaline) Hatten Jr. and Gary (Debbie) Hatten; sister, Pamela (Danny) Salyers
; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces and special grandson, Brandon "Boo" Loudermilk.

He was a Native American storyteller " Blue Jacket"; a recognized world historian of the Upper Kispoko Band and took pride in giving presentations at schools.

No calling hours will be observed. A memorial service will be held at 2;00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 at the Promised Land Church, 703 Pattonsville Rd., Jackson, Ohio.

Arrangements under direction of the Mayhew-Brown Funeral Home.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Sending my sympathy and love to all of the family during this sad time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kathy Hatten Watts - Norfolk, VA - cousin   August 22, 2015

My cousin, Ronnie, was a uniquely special guy. I have many fond childhood memories of various Hatten family gatherings where all of us cousins, who were all close in ages, hanging out together in our own little world & Ronnie would always be "up to something" & entertaining us all in one way or another :)

I lived out of state most of my adult life but had returned to reside in Jackson over the last several years & I would frequently run into Ronnie out & about town & at Hatten family reunions. We always had a nice, long visit (for those of you who know Ronnie, he did most of the talking...a Hatten trait :) and I always felt glad to have run into him. The week before we moved to FL for my job the end of July, I ran across a winter coat that I knew I needed to give to Ronnie since he did a lot of walking around town in the cold winters in Jackson. It would be perfect for him. It was a coat we got from The Garden of the God's in Colorado a few years back & it had an Indian style design on it. He came to my mind immediately, so I put the coat in the back of my car to take to him before moving. I stopped by the last week in July probably just a few days before we moved & we had a nice, long visit on the bench under the tree in his front yard on the 90+ degree day. I listened to many stories, many memories were shared, along with much laughter. He made sure I looked into his front window to see the Indian eagle mask that was on his front beautiful. Before leaving he insisted on putting on the coat, as terribly hot at it was outside, and it looked awesome on him...I knew it had found it rightful owner. We parted with a big hug. The fond memory of that day & that visit will remain in my heart & mind forever. Had it not been for that coat, I probably wouldn't have been prompted to stop for a visit...little did I know that this would be the last time I would see my dear cousin. Even though he no longer needs a warm, winter coat that fit his personality to perfectly, I can picture him wearing it up in heaven smiling with the pride he carried everywhere about his native Indian heritage. Rest in peace, cousin Ronnie. My sincere thoughts & prayers go out to his family, friends & all those who knew this special guy. May peace & blessings be with you all.

Posted by Brenda Hatten Dillon - Lakeland, FL - 1st cousin   August 22, 2015

I only spent one afternoon with this man and he had a permanent impact on my life and spirit. His gentle, earth-based spirituality would shift the course of this world if it were put into practice by every human. I know he will continue to live amongst the stars.

Posted by Jennifer Summer - Fort Thomas, KY - friend   August 21, 2015

Sometimes, in life, we are blessed to meet someone who will touch our lives forever. Ronnie, was one of those blessings to me. I cannot recall another person who touched my spirit the way that Ronnie did. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to know this amazing gentleman. I will miss him very, very, much but I will always be grateful for the "gift" that was Ronnie Hatten. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie's family. Treasure your memories of Ronnie until you see him again on the other side.

Posted by Dr. Bobbie Reker-Dickason - Oak Hill, OH - friend   August 21, 2015

Ron "papaw" Hatten was by far the most amazing person I have ever known. I will never forget the special times we shared together. I confided in him during the darkest times in my life knowing he would always know what to say. He showed the definition of true love during the time he spent with my nanny Linda Hatten. He later found comfort performing presentations for many people sharing his Shawnee Native American heritage. This is one of the hardest times in our lives,but we can find comfort knowing he is in peace and now sharing his time and love with the person he missed so dearly. It is a wonderful feeling knowing he is up in the clouds with my nanny and they are together again.

Posted by Brandon loudermilk - Hope mills, NC - Grandson   August 17, 2015


In memory of my dad who is now with my you so much and there is an empty place in my heart.

Posted by Dannetta Spencer - Daughter   August 17, 2015

It was my great privelege to be a part of Mr. Hatten's presentation. He was a wonderful man with a great gift of story telling.

Posted by Steve Walsh - Westland, MI   August 14, 2015

We were privileged to be a part of the last group to hear Ron's presentation on Monday night. We were all very moved by his knowledge, passion and gentle manner. We were very sorry to hear about his passing.

Posted by Yvonne Walsh - Westland, MI - fellow human   August 14, 2015

Ron and Linda were great caring both would help you no matter what I remember way back. A young family didn't have money to buy Christmas gifts for there 3 young children .They went bought some gifts left them on there porch. they didn't want them to know. They did it because they cared I know there is a lot more of them helping others. miss you

Posted by Larry Wickline - Cheshire, OH - friend / family   August 14, 2015