Luther Gay Hatle_______________________________
Services for Luther Gay Hatle, known as Gay to his family and friends, age 77, of Meadow, S.D., were held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Indian Creek Lutheran Church south of Meadow. Pastor Harold Delbridge officiated with burial in the Chance Cemetery.
Serving as casketbearers were Bob and Mike Moser, John Grate, Jens Hanson, Wade Derflinger, Del May, Les and Dave Lensegrav. Nick Pagliaro and Levi Butts were Honorary Bearers.
Gay was the first child born to John Menford and Mariam Wilma (Crockett) Hatle in Lemmon on June 1, 1936. The family welcomed a baby daughter, Ethel Mae, on February 23, 1939, but 10 months later were grieving her death. On January 3, 1941, the family rejoiced on the birth of Ruth Marie but just a few days later, Menford died from pneumonia leaving Wilma with two young children to nurture and raise.
Gay attended various country schools in the Meadow and surrounding area and graduated from Lemmon High School in 1954. Following his graduation, he attended 12 weeks of summer school in Spearfish where he earned his teaching certificate. He taught for one year south of Faith before moving to Rapid City. On August 19, 1956, he married Della Mae Oliver. To this union four children were born, Cindy, Brad, Peggy and Arlen.
He spent many years operating the Hatle Ranch, which his grandfather homesteaded in 1907, and later on continued working alongside his son and grandsons. His interests varied from coin collecting to gun and wagon restoration. He was a great history buff and enjoyed his time doing various wagon train trips and visiting with anyone he could. Gay was a man of many talents. Whether it be farming, ranching, doing carpentry, masonry, or electrical he could do just about anything.
Gay passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
He is survived by his four children, Cindy (Kyle) Butts, Gillette, Wyo., Brad (Monna) Hatle, Piedmont, Peggy (Phil) Pagliaro, Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Arlen (Julie) Hatle, Meadow; nine grandchildren, Heidi Meadows, Heather Lockwood, Brandon and Tyler Hatle, Hanna Pagliaro and Anna, John, Sara and Will Hatle; great-granddaughter, Norah May Hatle; sister, Ruth Dygert, Santa Fe, N.M.; half-brother, Dennis Gebhart, Spearfish; the mother of his children, Della Hatle, Bison; and special friend Freda Wilson.
Gay was preceded in death by his father, Menford Hatle; his mother and stepfather, Wilma and Joe Gebhart; his baby sister, Ethel Mae Hatle; and two grandsons, Levi Butts and Nicholas Pagliaro.
A memorial has been established to the Coal Springs Antique Club.
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