Francis Hathaway, 91, of Danville, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in the comfort of his home.
He was born on April 9, 1922, in Danville to Ora Otis and Virgie (Holycross) Hathaway.
He was originally married to Iris Morris, who passed away in 1965. He was remarried to Gladys Miller on March 4, 1967; she preceded him in death in 2011.
He is survived by his son, Jerry (Stephanie) Hathaway, and sister, Shirley (Don) Gibson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother, Russell; and sister, Opal.
Francis was an outdoorsman; he loved to be outside either raking leaves or mowing his lawn. Francis did not only do his yard work, but he would often help others with their lawn, too. Francis simply loved helping people, and also was known for hauling coal to warm people’s houses in the winter.
He was the caretaker for many years at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Westville. He was also a member of Danville United Church of Christ. Francis also was involved in the Oaklawn improvement and preservation neighborhood community. He was an avid stock car racing fan; he would often watch his son Jerry race.
Francis was a WWII veteran; he served in northern France and other regions of Europe during the war. Francis was also a hard worker; he worked at Coffing-Hoist as an inspector for 13 years. After that he worked for many years at Elton Wagner Construction. He enjoyed construction work so much that after working there he worked for Schomburg and Schomburg Construction.
Francis will be sorely missed by his family, and anyone who was fortunate enough to have known him
A celebration of Francis’ life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville with pastor Susan Shanks officiating. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Friday Nov. 15, at the funeral home.
Please join the Hathaway family in sharing memories, pictures, and videos of Francis’ life on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Francis’ name may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs or Danville United Church of Christ.