Jack Hattan - January 14, 2014

John ‘Jack’ Hattan, age 86, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Aurora Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Vance Christie will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday at the Aurora Evangelical Free Church, 1202 A Street.
Memorials may be made in care of the family. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
John ‘Jack’ Marion Hattan, the son of Gaylord B. and Janet (Grieg) Hattan, was born in Genoa, Nebraska on August 2, 1927 and passed away in Aurora, Nebraska on January 14, 2014, at the age of 86.
Jack grew up in rural St. Edward until age 3, then the family moved to rural Clay County until age 10 and they moved into Aurora in 1942. The family moved to Lincoln and Jack graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1945. Jack enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in July of 1945 and served until November of 1946. He returned to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ag College where he graduated in 1953.
Jack was married to M. Ruth Spackman on February 4, 1951 at Lincoln. Jack was an Assistant County Agent in Aurora, before working as a County Agent in York. He was a partner with Farmers & Feeders Supply Co. in York. In 1960, Jack began Hattan Farm Service in Aurora and in 1980 he established Hattan Irrigation Service.
Jack was a member of the Aurora Evangelical Free Church, Gideon International, Gideon Jail Ministry and was an Awana Leader for 25 years. He put his faith in Christ in the early 1960’s. Jack was also a member of the American Legion Post #42.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers & sister-in-law: Glendall Hattan, Robert Hattan and Gayle (Peg) Hattan; sister & brother-in-law, Barbara (Jack) Gothard and grandson, Dustin Petersen.
Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth of Aurora; four children, Richard (Fairy) Hattan of Aurora, David (Kristy) Hattan of Lincoln, Roger (Joann) Hattan of rural Phillips and Janice (Ron) Petersen of rural Hampton; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two sisters-in-law, Betty Hattan and Virginia Hattan.

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