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Obituaries: Hatfield; McDonald

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Robie Lee Hatfield

Robie Lee Hatfield: 1964 – 2024

It is with profound sadness and a deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of Robie Hatfield, a cherished father, son, husband, uncle, friend, and most adoringly, a grandpa. Robie left us on a serene morning, surrounded by the love of his family, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, resilience, and undying love for those he held dear.

Robie was a beacon of light in the lives of all who knew him. His laughter was infectious, his wisdom boundless, and his capacity for love knew no bounds. A hardworking man, Robie dedicated his life not only to the well-being of his family but also to the service of his community, touching the hearts of many with his generosity and unwavering support.

With a zest for life that knew no bounds, Robie embraced every moment with passion and enthusiasm. Whether he was roaring down the open road on his Harley with his friends, cheering on his favorite football team at the stadium, or basking in the warmth of a crackling fire surrounded by loved ones, Robie cherished every experience. His love for the outdoors was evident in his dedication to working on the yard, camping under the starlit sky, and casting his line in search of the perfect catch. But perhaps most of all, Robie found joy in the simple pleasures of life: hosting gatherings for friends and family, visiting his beloved grandkids in Salt Lake City, and sharing laughs over a cold beer in the garage. His presence radiated warmth and kindness, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Robie was not just the life of the party; he was the heart and soul of every room he entered.

As a father, Robie instilled in his son (Jake Hatfield) the values of honesty, hard work, and compassion. He was his mentor, his rock, and his biggest (and loudest) cheerleader! As a son, he was the pride and joy of his parents, embodying the virtues they hoped to see in the world. As a husband, he was a partner in every sense of the word, sharing a love so profound with his beloved wife that it became a tale of true companionship for those around them. Their reunion now is a comforting thought amidst the sorrow of his departure. 

Robie’s role as a grandpa, however, was where he shone the brightest. His grandchildren (Amelia and Drayson Hatfield) were the light of his life, and he dedicated himself to creating moments of joy and laughter that will be treasured forever. From impromptu adventures to quiet afternoons filled with stories, Robie’s legacy will live on in the hearts and memories of his grandchildren, who adored him beyond measure.

To the world, Robie may have been one person, but to us, he was our world. His kindness reached the corners of our community, his strength was our foundation, and his love was our guiding light. As we bid farewell to Robie, we take solace in knowing that he is now at peace, reunited with his beloved wife, embarking on a new journey together.

We invite all who knew Robie to join us in celebrating his remarkable life and to share in the memories that will keep his spirit alive within us. Let us honor Robie by living our lives with the same kindness, courage, and love that he exemplified every day.

Robie Hatfield may have left this world, but his legacy will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear Robie. Your memory will forever be a blessing to all who were fortunate enough to know you.

In lieu of flowers, Robie’s family kindly requests that those who wish to honor his memory consider contributing to a scholarship fund dedicated to supporting his beloved grandchildren’s college education.

Your generous donations will help fulfill Robie’s cherished wish of providing a bright future for his grandchildren. Contributions can be made directly to Jake Hatfield. Your support and generosity are deeply appreciated.

We extend a heartfelt invitation to all those who wish to pay their respects to join us for a Viewing on Wednesday, March 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Gillette Memorial Chapel. The following morning, on Thursday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m., we will gather for a graveside service to honor and remember Robie. Following the service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Lodge, providing an opportunity for friends and family to come together and share memories of Robie’s remarkable life.

Judith Elaine McDonald

Judith Elaine McDonald: 1953 – 2024

Judith Elaine McDonald nee MacDonald “Jude,” 70, of Gillette, died Thursday, March 14 at Campbell County Health, due to complications from a short illness.

Jude was born June 23, 1953 in Rome, New York, to Jack and Elenor MacDonald. The family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1958. She shared her childhood there with her beloved older brother, Darrell and her parents.

In 1972, Jude met the love of her life, Ed McDonald, and six months later they were married. A year later their only child, Shawna Erin McDonald (McWilliams) was born. Ed and Jude made a wonderful life for themselves, moving from Arizona to Gillette, so that Ed could work in the coal mine. They shared many adventures together over the years, including going to as many Grateful Dead concerts as they possibly could. They were married for 50 years before Ed passed away.

During their time in Gillette, Jude was very active in the community. She started volunteering for the Council of Community Services, helping to pack and deliver Christmas baskets. Jude then moved on to work at the People Project, running the local Soup Kitchen throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Jude won the George H.W. Bush Point of Light Award for her work building and managing the Soup Kitchen for Gillette and Campbell County. Jude also worked for the Red Cross, and served on several local boards, including the Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation Board of Directors. Both Ed and Jude worked tirelessly to make Gillette and Campbell County a better place to live and saw service to the community as an honor.
Jude was an amazing knitter, artist, bread baker, and she mastered every Legend of Zelda video game since it’s inception.

Jude is survived by her daughter, Shawna (Scott); her grandchildren: Willow (Rob), Reed (Austin), and Tanner (Belle); her “sista amiga,” Karen MacDonald; her nieces, Katie MacDonald and Colleen Uspensky; and her great-grandsons, Eli and Evan.

Jude is preceded in death by her brother, Darrell; her parents, Jack and Elenor; and her beloved husband, Ed.

In lieu of flowers, please visit garfwyo.org to make a donation in her memory.

A public memorial event will be planned in June.