SKOWHEGAN & COHASSET, MASS. - Hatherly "Hat" L. Souther, died at home August 22, 2015 after battling numerous medical challenges for several years. He was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on February 15, 1925, the ninth of twelve children born to David and Mabel (MacKenzie) Souther.
He was educated at local schools in Cohasset before leaving high school in his Junior year to join the United States Navy. He served aboard the USS LST 1032 for four years during World War II as a radio operator. His ship was part of the naval forces at Iwo Jima, Japan, Okinawa and the Phillipine Islands.
Upon his return to civilian life, he completed his high school education and was later graduated from the Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston.
During the Korean War, he was recalled to duty and served aboard the SS Great Sitkin and the SS Winding Gulf.
He was a self-employed electrician in Massachusetts for many years before moving to Maine in 1971 to teach at the Skowhegan Area Vocational School. He taught Electrical Wiring Class for fifteen years before retiring in 1986.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Alice (Crabtree) Souther; daughters, Ellen Repetto and husband Richard of MA, Jane Leveris of Maine, Sarah Shumaker and husband John of North Carolina, Virginia Denoncourt and husband Joseph of NH, Lynne Souther of MA, and Dinah Souther of MA; sons, Warren Souther and wife Racheal of AK, and David Souther and companion Gina of MA; 20 grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Donald and wife Barbara of NM; sister, Ardeth Hand and husband Herman of PA, and Meriel Bonney of MA, the mother of his children. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary, Ethel and Charlotte; brothers, Ellis, John, Kenneth and David; an infant daughter, Hannah; and a granddaughter, Sarah.
At Hat's request there will be no visitation hours or funeral service.
"Hat, No matter what my future brings, there couldn't ever be a greater joy than loving you and knowing you loved me. Your bow-paddler, Alice."
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, ME 04976.