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GALVA - Jack Hathaway, 83, Galva, died at 12:14 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Courtyard Estates in Galva, surrounded by his family. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Run First Responders, Galva Athletic Boosters, or the Galva American Legion Post 45. Jack was born Aug. 23, 1933, to Howard and Gladys (Curtis) Hathaway. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by Howard and Jean (Farwell) Hathaway. He married Mary Robson on Dec. 29, 1959, in Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, who passed away on July 30, 2016. Jack is survived by daughter, Anne Hathaway of Indianapolis; son, John (Angela) of Galva; grandchildren, Abigail (Tony) Segura of Kewanee, Colby (Caitlin) Hathaway of Champaign, and Drew Fox; two stepgrandchildren, Lyndsey and Derek Heise; three great-grandaughters, Adelyn, Alizabeth and Anabel and a great-grandson due in November; two sisters-in-law, Doris Friend, formerly of Cambridge and now of Courtyard Estates in Galva, and Roberta O'Hara of Fenton, Michigan; and two nephews, David and Timothy O'Hara and their families. Jack graduated from Galva High School in 1951 and attended his 65th class reunion in August. He enrolled at Bradley University but left college to serve in the U.S. Navy. He was a proud Seabee - a member of the United States Naval Construction Forces - stationed in Trinidad which he often referred to with fond memories and was able to visit again for a reunion. After leaving the military, Jack joined his father, Howard, as a plumbing contractor at Hathaway's Plumbing and Heating. Jack and Mary purchased Swanks Hardware in Galva in 1969 and have owned and operated it with help from their son as Hathaway's Plumbing, Heating and True Value Hardware for over 47 years. Jack's commitment to the Galva community was reflected in many ways. In 1978 he was a founding member of the Community State Bank of Galva. Jack and the late Warren Arter founded and built the Galva subdivision. Jack also served the community as plumbing inspector for many years. Jack and Mary were grand marshals of the 2009 Galva 4th of July parade. Jack served with the Galva Fire Department for 41 years and was a member and past President (1998-1999) of the Galva Rotary. He was inducted into the Galva Wildcats Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 as a friend to GHS sports for running the scoreboard at Galva High School home football games for many years. He was also a member of the Galva American Legion and the First Congregational Church of Galva. The Hathaway family would like to thank and acknowledge the quality nursing and care team at Galva Courtyard Estates as well as the caregivers for their love, care and support over the last few months.
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