Roger Hatley

Roger Dale Hatley, 65, of Monticello, passed away January 18, 2014 at his home after a long illness.

He was a U. S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era and a member of First Assembly of God Church, in Monticello.

Mr. Hatley was best known for being an over-the-road truck driver, from coast to coast, Canada, Mexico, and Alaska for 41 years. He saw through the windshield of a big truck the country and all the changes of new roads and people living in different parts of the country. He was a strong man and held up what he needed to do. Home time was a special time and was spent with family and friends. He enjoyed deer hunting and just enjoyed the quiet time in the woods.

So much isn’t what he did in life, but the values he left behind. He believed in working hard and doing it right, and taking care of his family. Most dear to his heart was putting God first in his life.

Mr. Hatley was born December 16, 1948 in Drew County and was the son of the late Thomas Hatley and Willie Mae Winters Hatley. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Hatley, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Handke Hatley of Monticello; one son, Dale Hatley and family; three sisters, Mary Ann, Christine and Virginia and their families; Will McMahon, Amber Pluckett, Ann Reaves, William Kugel, Farrah Watson, and all their children who brought so much joy in his life; and a host of cherished friends.