Isham M. Hatter

June 13, 1922December 2, 2012

Isham M. Hatter, 90, of Belleville, Illinois, born June 13, 1922 in Jacob, Illinois, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Hatter was retired from Obear Nester Glass Company in East St. Louis, Illinois and Consolidated Industries of Granite City, Illinois.

He was a former member of Crestview Church of the Nazarene and Parkview Church of the Nazarene in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and was a current member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois.

Mr. Hatter was a World War II veteran, having served his country as a medical technician in the Philippines, India, China, Burma, and the Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dolores A. Lamkin-Hatter, nee Soehnlin, step-son, Gerald W. Lamkin, great granddaughter, Samantha Paige Kimmel, parents, Melvin and Zora, nee Brown, Hatter, sisters, Frieda Beare and Lilly Baugh, brother, George Hatter, and mother-in-law, Gertrude Robinson, nee Barringer. He is survived by his wife, Marion L. Luden-Hatter, nee Robinson, a son, Robert L. (Barbara) Hatter of Belleville, Illinois, a step-son, James C. (Jana) Luden of Caseyville, Illinois, a step-daughter Delores C. (Cletus) Duke of Belleville, Illinois, grandchildren, Daniel M. (Elizabeth) Hatter, Robert M. (Tonya) Hatter, Kelley (Jim) Rutherford, Richard (Crystal) Kimmel, and Brandon Lamkin, great grandchildren, Blake, Ellie, Laynie, and Meadow Hatter, Amanda, Jonathon, and Benjamin (Sarah) Landon, Kennedy Douglass and Zachary Rutherford, Aaron, Taylor, and Isabella Kimmel, Timothy Burton, and Brandi and Michael Lamkin, great- great grandchildren, Brooke, Kaden, and Elliot Landon, sisters Effie (Roger) Hoffman of Bradenton, Florida, and Clara (William) Hartman of Buchanan, Michigan, as well many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Isham Hatter truly possessed the heart of a servant and was a hard-working man.

Throughout his life he demonstrated his love of the Lord by blessing a countless number of family, friends or whoever might need assistance by whatever means necessary to help ease their burdens or lighten their load. He surrounded them with prayer and gave selflessly of his time and all that he had or was. His legacy lies in the hearts, memories, and lives of all he touched and the unwavering image of a man who loved God.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8

Memorials are appreciated to Parkview Church of the Nazarene, St. Matthew United Methodist Church, or Heartland Hospice. Memories or expressions of condolence may be made at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Lakeview Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois with Rev. Jim Sloan officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Fairview heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Jim & Jodenia Muncie

July 26, 2013

Just now learned of Brother Hatter's entry into Glory.
So thankful for this godly man & how he made a young, newly married couple feel like family back in 1983.
Thankful for seeing Jesus in him....

Diane Yon

December 10, 2012

We will miss our dear friend.
Diane, Charles, Jamie.
We will remember him with love.

Stan Starkweather

December 7, 2012

Brother Hatter was a wonderful man and someone I'm proud to have considered a friend. He truly showed the love of Christ in every thing he did, and with every one he met. He will really be missed.

Judy Bemowski

December 7, 2012

Dear Dee and Clete,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I also speak for my parents, Ray and Dorothy Phillips (who are both struggling with health issues) and my sister, Kathy, and brothers, Doug and Larry. We just heard of Isham's passing yesterday and were very saddened at this news. We all express our condolences to his wife, Marion also. My husband, Ray, passed away 2 years ago and I have remarried since. It was with my present husband, Vince, that we saw Isham and Marion coming out of Schnucks..we were going in. This was no doubt a good year ago. It was good to see Isham and meet his new wife..even tho it was brief. Please be assured of our continuing prayers for you and your family. I can't remember ever seeing Isham sad..he always had a smile and good word whenever I saw him. Eternal Rest Grant unto him O Lord! God bless all of you and comfort you during this time.
With love and prayers,
Judy (Phillips) Bemowski


December 6, 2012

Brother Hatter, as he was know by so many, was truly one of God's saints. He was a close friend of our family (Rowland and Louise Gates) and loved by all of us. He transported my father to his doctor visits, visited him regularly, shared many meals at our home, and would help in any possible way. He was one of those truly joyful Christians. My memory of him will always be his infectious smile and loving presence. God bless his memory and his soul. He was truly a saint in every sense of the word. My mother, Louise Gates, was a close friend of Delores Hatter. She loved Isham and Delores and is heart broken at this loss. God bless and keep his family during this difficult time. He will never be forgotten.

Marcia Dillard

December 5, 2012

I first met Isham Hatter some 45 years ago and had the privilege of knowing him better after our respective churches joined together in the late 1980s. He was one of the kindest, most genuine & gentle people I have ever known; always there to offer whatever he had to help someone along the way - and what a worker he was! Well into his 80s, he could still work circles around the youngsters. "Brother Hatter" lived his faith consistently and steadily, in a way that few are able to do. My life is richer for having known him. My condolences to each one of his family members. The world has lost a great man. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Thomas Ash

December 5, 2012

Dan, I am so sorry to hear of your Grandfather's passing. I wish I could have known him; he seems like such a nice person. My best wishes to you and your family.

Tom Ash

Kathy Cleveland-Travis

December 5, 2012

I am so sad to hear of Isham's passing, I've known him all my life. Everyone from Crestview Church they are like family. They hold a very special place in my heart. Harold Glaze, the Attigs, Gates, Mitchells, Ingels, Falkenberry's, the list goes on and on. But I know Isham has finally made it to the one place he devoted his life to go Heaven. And although it breaks my heart to hear he is gone his passing made me think of a song: What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. When I look upon his face, the one who saved me by his grace. And when he takes me by the hand a leads me to the promise land, what a day, glorious day that will be. Ishams has already experienced that great day and I know he is having a glad reunion. The way he lived his life is a testimony of how we should all live for Christ. He was a wonderful man and a great example to others.

Emily Mohan, PT

December 5, 2012

Mrs. Hatter, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I really enjoyed working with him this past year. He was a very kind man and I could tell he loved you a lot. I was a pleasure to have met you both. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Larry Hermes

December 5, 2012

I first met Isham in 1980, while attending the Crestview Church of The Nazarene. He made me feel welcome, and was always willing to talk with me over scriptual and secular matters, and was certainly one of the Lord's servants. It was an honor to have known him. If I am fortunate enough to go to heaven, I think he will be there to greet me.