Caris Norwood "Skip" Hatfield, 99, who formerly lived in Cherokee Village 18 years died July 16, 2005. Hatfield lacked 20 days reaching his 100th birthday.
He was born in the Oklahoma Territory before it became a state in Wakita, Okla., on Aug. 5, 1905.
Hatfield was the oldest and last surviving child of Nathan and Mattie Hatfield's eight children. His father Nathan lived to be 96 and his mother Mattie lived to be 92 years old.
His first job was at Gypsy Oil Company in McPherson welding pipelines. He continued his welding career with Stearman Aircraft and then Cessna Aircraft, where he continued until the Depression. He then worked for a succession of oil companies. As World War II neared, Skip went to work for Boeing Aircraft Company. He put his torch to work welding the fuselage on the first B29 built at the Wichita plant. In 1951 he went to work for Frontier Chemical company. then in 1952 he left the employment of Frontier, going to H.H. Tool Company. He returned to Frontier (Vulcan Chemicals) in 1953. He retired from Vulcan Chemicals as a welder in 1970. Skip was raised to a Mason in 1944 at the Bestor G. Brown Lodge No. 433, AF&AM Wichita.
The service was at the Bentley United Methodist Church July 20. Interment was at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Bentley.
Caris is survived by his beloved wife, Virginia, of 66 years; daughter Mary Jo and husband Roger Watson; son Philip and wife Frankie; daughter Connie (Buchanan) Hatfield; and daughter Ann and husband Gary Phillips; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be designated to the Kansas Masonic Home, 4015 S. Seneca, Wichita, and the Bentley United Methodist Church, 128 S. Wichita, Bentley.