Elden Hatter

Obituary of Elden Hatter

Elden Wesley Hatter, 83, of Angola, Indiana and recently of Wellbridge in Pickney, Michigan, passed away Tuesday evening at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor where he had been since November 4, 2018. 


Born on September 11, 1935, Elden was the son of Daniel and Mary “Mollie” (Miller) Hatter.  He grew up in Dundee, Michigan where he attended Dundee schools, played basketball and raised a Grand Champion steer during his time in 4-H.  Elden served in the Korean War for 17 months and went on to attend Eastern Michigan University.   On October 25, 1957, he married Judith Marie Mintz at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dundee.  Elden was predeceased by his parents Dan and Mollie as well as his siblings, Harriett (Kopka), Erla Jean (Getty), Dale Hatter, Robert Hatter, and Stanley Hatter, as well as his wife Judy.


Elden had a life-long love of sports and took great pleasure in watching his granddaughters play basketball and other sports.  He enjoyed training and racing his horses and was an avid sportsman in the harness racing world.   Elden married M. Lynne Miller (Chapman) on October 1, 1988 in Kentucky.   For many years he was employed by Barton Malow and General Motors as a Superintendent of Construction Operations before retiring in 2000. 


He is survived by his wife of thirty years, M. Lynne, and his four children with Judy; Valerie Schwan and husband Steve, Gary Hatter and wife Holly, David Hatter and wife Cris, and Mari Kay “Missy” Torres.  He is also survived by step- daughters, Suzanne Raphael, Betsy Miller, and Julie Collier along with grandsons Ethan and Loren Collier.  Elden was a proud grandfather to all of his grandchildren; Kayla Roof (Collin), Heather Schmidt (Brad), Megan Hatter, Taylor Schwan, Karley Hatter, Ally Hatter, and Makenzi Torres. He is survived also by great grandsons, Barrett and Jude Roof.


Friends may gather on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11:00am until a memorial service at 1:00pm at Cover Funeral Home, 297 Tecumseh Street in Dundee.   Reverend Jim Fox of Howell will officiate.   Procession will follow to Maple Grove Cemetery where graveside services will be under the auspices of the Dundee Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.  


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WellBridge of Pickney.   Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort by visiting www.coverfuneralhome.com.