Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Thomas Edward Hatala

May 4, 1934June 8, 2020

Thomas Edward Hatala, 86, of Jacksonville, NC passed away Monday, June 08, 2020 at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Tom was born May 4, 1934 in Streator, Illinois to Marie (Aschinger) and Raymond Hatala. Tom married Leora Yusco on April 16, 1966; they were married 54 years. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. Tom is survived by his wife, sons John (Marjorie) and Paul (Carin), and grandchildren Maura Hatala and Malorie Rickhoff. A construction project estimator and manager, Tom started his career as a journeyman carpenter using the profession to pay his way through Bradley University. In his free time Tom loved camping and canoeing. He enjoyed being a dog handler and showing his Norwegian Elkhounds at regional dog shows. In his retirement he found a new love in art. Tom took art classes at College of DuPage – his paintings were featured in several local art shows. Tom painted right up until his death. A devout grandfather, Tom never missed a soccer game, horse show or opportunity to play “the Beast” with his granddaughters.


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Thomas Edward Hatala

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Karen Gehse

June 21, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of Tom. And I'm so happy to have known him. We were classmates in painting class for many years. He was always positive, sometimes silly, and very excited, passionate about his paintings. Love to his family. Karen Gehse

Ladonna Taylor

June 11, 2020

I met Tom a few years ago and enjoyed our conversation about WWII and his memories of it and his thoughts on life now in the U.S. He was a talented painter and I enjoyed seeing his work.It gave him a lot of pleasure in his retirement. I'm wishing peace and good memories for his family, Lee, John and Paul.

Ladonna Taylor