Charles M. Hatcher, M.D., of Columbus, passed away on January 17, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Charles was born in Logansport, Indiana, on July 6, 1943, to Carlos and Lisette (Richter) Hatcher. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1961. After high school, he entered the U.S. Navy and became a Corpsman. At completion of his service, he entered Indiana University, and graduated in 1971. He married Sandra Sue Jones “Sandy” in Logansport, Indiana, in August of 1967. He completed his residency in family practice medicine at Ball Memorial in Muncie in 1974 and went into private practice in Columbus.
Dr. Hatcher enjoyed serving the community as a personal family physician to many, as a leader in his field and with many volunteer and community organizations. He actively supported Volunteers in Medicine, Pregnancy Care Center and many other community organizations. He was county physician for many years and served as medical director at Hickory Creek and Silver Oaks Healthcare.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael Hatcher of Florida.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandy; his son, Jason (Gloria) Hatcher; and daughter, Christina (Rodney) Healy. He and Sandy have five grandchildren, Erin M. Healy of Bloomington, Charles Leo Healy of Washington and Korbin Thomas Hatcher, Kylie Morgan Hatcher and Breanna Nicole Hatcher, all of Columbus. He is also survived by his brother, David (Carol) Hatcher of Valparaiso; sister-in-law, Julie Hatcher of The Villages, Florida; nephews, Michael Hatcher of Terre Haute and David (Debbie) Pugh of Tennessee; and nieces, Karen (David) Grove of Lafayette and Holly Cannon of Indianapolis.
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2016, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. A private burial service will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center or to Volunteers in Medicine.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 3 p.m. Thursday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.