Leonard E. Hatfield


Leonard E. Hatfield died at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, due to cancer.

Len was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Leona; sisters, Marcella and Delores; and brothers, Phillip, Lawrence and Virgil.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred; daughter, Pamela Anne Fulk; son, Richard Hatfield; grandchildren, Darrell Hawk and Nicholas Hatfield; and brothers, Orland, Charles and Earl.

Born May 1, 1920, in Indianapolis, Len grew up on a farm near Westport. 

After graduating from Sand Creek Township High School, he joined the Army, serving as a medic during the World War II Normandy invasion. He was honorably discharged at the rank of tech sergeant, having received a Presidential Citation.

Returning to Indiana, Leonard studied mechanical engineering at Purdue. After graduation in 1952, he taught engineering classes for Purdue and worked as an engineer for Western Electric in Indianapolis for 32 years.

A lifelong Christian, Len was active in churches in Whiteland, Columbus and Franklin. A Mason since 1942, he was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, as well as being a past master. A former grand worthy patron, he was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star since 1974.

Leonard enjoyed playing golf, chess, bridge and many other card games.

A celebration of Leonard’s life will be at 1 p.m. today at the Ransford Chapel at the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 State St. in Franklin. Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. to service time today at the chapel.

Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin, IN 46131.