Elbert Stanley Hatcher, 65, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning at his home in Havre.
At his request, there will not be any services. Memorials in Elbert¡s honor may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Cremation was entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Elbert was born in Bishop, Calif., on Oct. 27, 1943, to Velma and Robert Hatcher. As an infant he moved with his family to Havre. He graduated from Havre High School in 1962. Elbert attended Northern Montana College. He then attended the University of Montana, where he obtained his bachelor¡s and master's degrees. Al worked at the Big West Refinery in Kevin. He worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Chinook, Corvallis, Havre, Billings Central, Frontier Elementary, Belt, Wyoming, Idaho, Jordan and Turner. He retired to Havre in 2003. Al was also a member of the National Guard. In 1973, Al married Carla Jessel in Shelby. Al enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, ¡trading¡ reading, camping, hiking and rafting in Glacier. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Glacier History Association. He was also a life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and really enjoyed the ¡Bugle¡ and the banquets. Al was also a member of the BPOE of Plentywood Lodge and the Turner Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Jurgen Hatcher; his mother, Velma (Jurgen) Wigen; his father, Robert Hatcher; and his grandparents¡ Elbert and Effie Stowman. Al is survived by his wife Carla Hatcher of Havre, Mont.; his son, Doran (Tana) Hatcher of Huntley, Mont.; his three brothers, Dennis (Dot) Hill of Elkmont, Al; Lauren (Rose) Hill of Devon, Mont., and Warren (Debbie) Hill of Chester, Mont.; and his two cats, Moose and Callie.