Charles L. Hatch, 86, of Millsboro, Del., and of the world, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. His wife, Elli, and his daughter, Chris, were at his side. He was born in Altoona, Pa., on Jan. 1, 1932, son of the late Lola (Hooper) Hatch and Bernard Joseph Hatch.
Hatch graduated from Wilmington High School in 1950. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Coral Sea in the Mediterranean.
Upon coming home, Hatch worked for the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company from 1961 to 1963. He worked from 1963 to 1967 as a medical entomologist for the World Health Organization in Nigeria, Ghana and Lorenco Marques, Mozambique; and for the Army Corps of Engineers from 1968 to 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1975. He retired from work with the USDA Forest Service in Newtown Square, Pa.
Hatch was an avid chess player, having won many World Open tournaments in Philadelphia. He also enjoyed playing poker and taking photographs. He was a true patriot and loved his country.
Hatch is survived by the love of his life, Elli Hatch, to whom he was married for 50 years; his very beloved dog, Lexi; his children and their families, Robert Hatch and his wife, Terrye, of N. Augusta, S.C., Susy Hatch and her husband, Alejandro Robles, of Guatemala, Michele Hatch Huber and her husband, Jean Pierre, of Switzerland, Pilar Hatch Vizcaino and her husband, Diego, of Guatemala, Christine Hatch Calderaio and her husband, John, of Warrington, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Hatch, Michelle Nanne, Francisco Nanne, Anaite Huber, Annick Huber, Juan Sebastian Vizcaino, Luis Pedro Vizcaino, Ana Cristina Vizcaino, Katelyn Calderaio Price, Gabrielle Calderaio and Raymond Calderaio; his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Bill Mammarella of Bethany Beach, Del., and their children, Jim, Nancy, Shirley Ann and Martha; and by his longtime friend of more than 70 years, Tom Langshaw, and his wife, Delores, of Wilmington, Del.
There will be no viewing or funeral. Hatch was to be interred at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations can be sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center; 100 E. Carroll St.; Salisbury, MD 21801. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.