Joshua “Josh” Byron Hatfield, 37, of Linn, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday December 12, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO.
Josh was born July 26, 1981, in Jefferson City, MO, a son of Richard and Debra Hatfield.
Josh met his wife Diane, in 1998 and they were united in marriage on July 8, 2000. Diane survives of the home, along with their four children: natural sons, Tyler (16), Zach (14), and Noah (5) and their son through guardianship, Thadeus (17).
Josh was a 2000 graduate of Linn High School and also attended Linn State Technical College. Dr. Shawn Strong, President of State Tech, says “Josh was an alumni and advocate for State Tech. He was an advisor for the Medium Heavy Truck program, where he helped guide improvement of our program to what it is today. He knew no stranger and clearly loved our students.”
Josh worked for his father at Hatfield Timber Products for many years before starting his own diesel mechanics shop, Hatfield Repair, LLC, in Linn.
Josh was a generous, fun-loving man with a magnetic personality. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, and working in his shop. Some of his greatest joys were moments with Diane, working on anything mechanical with Tyler, funny snap chat videos and basketball with Zach, special handshakes with Noah, and teaching life lessons with Thadeus.
Josh loved a good time everywhere he went, especially around a campfire with a beverage in his hand. He was a founding member of “the J-Crew.”
Josh was a member of the St. Johns United Methodist Church where he served as Chairperson of the Ad Board, played his guitar, and help lead fellowship. He was also a member of the Linn’s Lion Club where he worked for the betterment of Osage County fair, of which he has been attending most of his life. He was judge for Skills USA, and an avid member of the State Tech Activity Center.
In addition to his wife and children, Josh is survived by his father, Richard (Janet) Hatfield of Linn; mother, Debra Hatfield of Linn; brother, Abraham Hatfield of Linn; maternal grandmother, Sue Skinner of Buffalo, MO; mother-in-law, Lonna Whaley of El Dorado, KS; father-in-law, Dennis Bockelman of High Point, MO; sister and brother in-law, Denise and Bryan Thomas of Columbia, MO and sister-in-law Jessica Bockelman of Miramar, FL; nieces, Kaiya and Savannah Thomas, and nephew, Oliver Bockelman, as well as one aunt, one uncle, and three cousins.
Josh was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, L.D. Skinner and paternal grandparents, Byron and Zelpha Hatfield.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the Vehicle and Power Center on State Technical College Campus in Linn. A private family funeral service will be held on Monday. Interment will be at the Linn Public Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hatfield Hero’s in care of Mid America Bank in Linn.
Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)