Edward Vernon Hathaway
b. 5 Nov. 1917, Indianapolis, IN
d. 13 Oct. 2009,  Brevard, NC
Son of:

Vernon and Ruth Shatto Hathaway
Edward Vernon Hathaway of Brevard, NC, died
quietly at his home on October 13th. On
November 5th he would have been 92. He
leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Ruth Harry
Hathaway and his five adult children from his
first wife, Marianne Klebes Hathaway from
whom he was widowed in 1968.
He was born in Indianapolis, IN to parents
Vernon and Ruth Shatto Hathaway and was
named for his father’s childhood friend,
Edward Vernon (Captain Eddie) Rickenbacker
the World War I flying ace and former owner of
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Shortly
after graduating with a degree in biological
and physical sciences from The Ohio State
University in 1940, he was invited by OSU’s
chemistry department to take courses in
explosives chemistry and engineering
sponsored by the US Army Ordnance
Department. After completing the courses the
following year, he went to work at the
Ordnance’s munitions plant in Charlestowne,
IN. In May of 1943 he joined the US Navy,
attending midshipmen school at The
University of Notre Dame. Ensign Hathaway
reported for engineering school at Cornell
University in January of 1944, just days after
the birth of his first child. Shortly after he was
certified as a Naval Engineer he was assigned
to the USS LCS(L)-34 as Engineering Officer.
He was soon promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant, J.G. and became the Executive
Officer of the ship. His ship was assigned to
the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre in World War II and
among its duties was as a support and landing
craft during the assaults on Iwo Jima and
Okinawa. He was very proud of all his
campaign ribbons and the two battle stars
awarded his ship. But he was most proud of
the Purple Heart that was awarded
posthumously to his only sibling, his brother
Ted, a bombardier with the Army-Air Corps and
who was shot down along with his crew over
the North Sea.
When the war was over, he returned home to
his wife and small daughter and they grew
their family to include four more children. He
resigned as a full Lieutenant from the US
Naval Reserve in 1954. Drawing on his Naval
engineering, he began a career at Allison
(then a division of General Motors) as a
research and development engineer, from
which he retired in 1979. Ed had a great love
for music and he and Ruth spent many
enjoyable evenings at The Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra and The Brevard Music
While president of the Amos W. Butler
Chapter of The National Audubon Society he
spearheaded a lobbying effort to ban nearly
all phosphates from detergents. In April of
1971, Indiana became the first state in the
nation to impose such a ban and it was an
important part of the early growth of the
environmental movement. As an avid birder
and lover of nature he and Ruth moved to the
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary at Sherwood
Forest in Brevard upon their retirements. For
several years during his retirement he was
president of The Hathaway Family Association,
one of the country’s oldest genealogical
But “retirement” was only a word in his
vocabulary as he quickly became passionately
involved with the Connestee Volunteer Fire
Department. He was so hooked on hooks and
ladders that during his seventeen years with
the CVFD he designed and procured the
department’s first three Class A fire engines
and supervised the design and construction
of a six bay,two story, 9000 square foot fire
station. He retired from the department in
1996 having served the last seven years as
president of its board of directors. The
department has graciously offered to
transport his remains on one of those
engines to the services at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church in Brevard. A Mass of
Christian Burial begins at 11:00 am on
Tuesday, October 20th. A memorial service
and interment will be in Indianapolis.
The loving children he leaves behind are
Nancy Hathaway Lee, Janice M. Hathaway and
Philip N. Hathaway of Indianapolis; Martha
Hathaway Londeck of Beverly Hills, MI; and
Christina Hathaway Vogel of Old Wick, NJ. He
will also be lovingly remembered by his three
sons-in-law Gary Lee, Paul Londeck and
Robert Vogel; six grandchildren and seven
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial
contribution to one of the following
organizations: Connestee Fire Rescue Inc., P.
O. Box 2427, Brevard, NC 28712;Our Lady of
Fatima Retreat House, 5353 East 56th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46226; or Habitat for Humanity
at www.habitat.org.

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday October 20, 2009, 11:00 - AM at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Cleo K. Hathaway
June 2, 1925 ~ March 3, 2010

Cleo was born in Buckley, WA to Raymond and
Gertrude (Knapp) Hathaway. He married Vera
Lou Hallin of Snoqualmie, WA in 1948. Cleo
graduated from Ballard High School in 1943.
During WWII, he worked in a rigging loft in
Ballard, and served on an Army Transport tug
in the South Pacific. After the war, he opened
Ray's Frame shop with his father and brother.
He entered the Seattle Fire Department in
1952 serving there until his retirement in 1977
as a Deputy Chief. He worked with the State
Fire Training Office and facilitated the building
of the Fire Training Academy in North Bend. He
is survived by his wife Vera; daughter Gail
(Douglas) Wickre and son-in-law Andrew
Bender; 6 grandchildren: Philip Weiss, Daniel
Weiss (Brenda), Elaine Collins (Brian), Joe
Bender (Sara), Laura Kuperstein (Chris), and
Sarah Wickre; 2 great grandsons: Victor Weiss
and Nicholas Collins, 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter
Dorinda Weiss Bender, son-in-law George
Weiss, his brothers Russell and Gerald and
grandson Matthew Bender. He was active in
the Ballard Elks, and Doric Lodge #92 F&AM,
as well as several other fraternal and retired
firefighter organizations. A service will be held
at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N at
2 pm Mon. March 8, and a reception following
at the Ballard Elks 6411 Shilshole Ave. NW
Memorials suggested to the Ballard Elks
Scholarship Fund or favorite charity.
Published in The Seattle Times from March 6
to March 8, 2010
Frederick E. Hathaway (1928 - 2009)

Frederick E. Hathaway 1928 - 2009 WEST
SPRINGFIELD - Frederick E. Hathaway, 81 of
Worcester Street died Thursday in Mercy
Hospital. Fred was born in Procter, VT, grew
up in Pittsford, VT and has lived in West
Springfield most of his life. He served with
the United States Marines during the Korean
War. After the war he reenlisted with the
Marine Reserves. He retired in 1985 after 32
years as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. He also
worked at the former A&P Bakery for 26 years
and as a driver for the West Springfield
School System for 10 years. He was a 20 year
volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program
and also helped with New England Serve. He
was a vice-president for the Hathaway Family
Association, and was very involved with his
family. He was an avid card player. He leaves
his wife of 51 years Harriet (Brooks)
Hathaway; children: Raymond of North Hero,
VT; Frances Ohzourk of Milwaukee, WI; Allen
of Salisbury, VT; Carolyn Gregitis of West
Springfield, MA; Wayne of Sterling, NB;
Raynore Jones of Winnfield, LA ; and R.
Gordon Dixon of Colorado Springs, CO. He
also leaves four brothers Dexter, William,
James, John; two sisters Betty Bottomly and
Dorothy Roberts; nine grandchildren , eight
great grandchildren, and many nieces and
nephews. Fred was predeceased by a
brother Robert, 2 children Rowena and
Frederick Jr, and a grandson Jeremiah
Ohzourk. He was also called dad and grandpa
by many. The funeral will be held in the
Chapel of the Massachusetts Veteran's
Memorial Cemetery at a later date. There are
no calling hours and the West Springfield
Curran-Jones Funeral Home is handling all
arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to the Marine Toys for Tots
Foundation 160 Airman Dr, Chicopee, MA
01022 or to the American Parkinson Disease
Assoc. Massachusetts Chapter, 72 East
Concord St, C3, Boston, MA 02118 or to the
Marines Helping Marines, M H M Hospital
Program, P.O. Box 141, Westminster, MD

Published in The Republican on December
21, 2009
Lynwood Hathaway French
September 27, 1915 - February 28, 2010
Lynwood (Lynny) Hathaway French, husband of
Virginia (Mycock) French of Assonet, died
Sunday, Feb. 28 at home. They had been married
70 years. He was the son of Alvah and Ethel
(Cole) French.
Mr. French had organized a group more than 40
years ago which led to forming the Freetown
Historical Society. This, along with gardening
and maintaining a few acres of fruit trees and
vegetable and flower gardens around his home,
became his passion which continued through 30
years of retirement. He had surrounded himself
with friends with similar interests in generously
preserving local history to be shared with
everyone without admission charge to the
museum and its numerous buildings, and
hosting hundreds of school children annually.
He was in charge of custom tooling in General
Electric's plastic molding plant in Taunton and
Pittsfield which was succeeded by Hercules,
from 1943 until retiring in 1978.
He had moved to Assonet from Steep Brook with
his parents in 1917. As a child he was orphaned
and grew up in the home of his aunt, uncle and
grandmother in Assonet Village.
He was a boy scout and later the scout master in
the late 30s, and during that period and 1940s
was a call firefighter and member of the board
of engineers. During WWII he was a machinist in
a torpedo plant, served on the town's ration
board and volunteered at the enemy
observation post at Bryant’s Neck. Mr. French
organized a group during that period to
purchase property and construct the Band
Stand in Assonet Village where he joined with
others in playing the alto horn at concerts.
During the 1960s and 1970s he served as a
trustee of the United Church of Assonet. He was
instrumental in merging two Assonet churches,
selling the South Church to St. Bernard's parish.
Also during that period, he served on the
Freetown Board of Assessors and each New
Years day would drive the town streets to view
property and take notes on the official
assessment date. He was also a member of the
Freetown Lions Club since its formation in the
In his younger years he was an avid ice skater
and raised livestock. Mr. French enjoyed
camping with his family and friends, fishing,
boating, clam digging and splitting firewood.
He leaves two sons, Barry and Brian G. French
of Assonet, a daughter, Dianne V. Hultstrom of
Acton, five grandchildren, Rebecca Onchaga,
Eric Hultstrom, Caitlin Wright, and Benjamin and
Christopher French, and five great
grandchildren. He was the brother of the late
Doris McCauley and the late Edythe Terry.
A memorial service will be held at the United
Church of Assonet on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.
m. Donations may be made to the Lynwood
French Memorial Fund of the Freetown
Historical Society, PO Box 253, Assonet, MA
02702 or the United Church of Assonet, PO Box
155, Assonet, MA 02702.