Community Elder Bob Hatcher Succumbs to Cancer


Robert Hatcher at a Pioneers of Alaska Halloween Party in 2012. Jay Barrett/KMXT photo

Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak lost a longtime community leader on Wednesday. Robert “Bob” Hatcher died of cancer. He was 87.
Mr. Hatcher originally came to Kodiak during World War II. During patriotic holidays, or during visits to classrooms to speak to children, he enjoyed wearing his U.S. Army uniform – which still fit him perfectly over 60 years after the war.
He served on the Kodiak Electric Association board of directors for over 30 years, during a time when renewable energy became a focus of the member-owned co-op. He was also an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska Kodiak Igloo, the Rotary Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Hatcher did not let his long battle with cancer slow him down too much. An avid dancer, he was out into the wee hours dancing just this last New Years Eve.

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