Stephen J. Hatz
March 14, 1951 – January 30, 2021
Preceded in death by father, Richard P.; father-in-law, Edward Robinette; sister-in-law, Cindy Rinnan. Survived by wife, Pamela; children: Jamie Robinette, Nicholas (Jody) Hatz, Matthew Hatz, Daniel (Lauren) Hatz, and Melissa (Fabius) Clements; grandchildren: Morgan, Benjamin, Jack, Ella, Hannah, Jacob, Kinnick, Hayden, Olivia, Eleanor, and Fabius; mother, Ellen Hatz; sisters, Bev Hatz and Judy (Tim) Pick; brothers, Chuck (Debbie) Hatz and Thomas (Debbie) Hatz; mother-in-law, Donna (Marv) Pick; brothers-in-law, Don (Patty) Robinette and Dan (Cheri) Robinette; other loving relatives and friends.
For more than forty years, Steve was a successful Agricultural Banker.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 3rd from 5 pm to 7pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church (15353 Pacific) with WAKE SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, February 4th at 10:30am at. St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
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Stephen John Hatz was born on March 14, 1951 to Richard and Ellen (Weiler) in LeMars, Iowa. Steve grew up in Remsen, Iowa attending St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1969.
Steve was well-rounded playing sports and singing. He played basketball and baseball. However, his baseball career changed when he was called up to the announcer booth from the dugout.
He also loved to sing, act and was in the choir. But his big break and claim to fame was when he was casted as “Curly” in the Remsen High School production of “Oklahoma.”
Steve attended Briar Cliff College and graduated from Westmar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accounting in 1973. He also graduated from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business in 1982 and the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking in 1984. For more than 40 years, Steve was a successful Agricultural Banker. He was active in a variety of national and state associations. Most recently he consulted for Sterling Transportation Services and was the Chairman of Board for Cure Land and Cattle.
Steve was a 47-year member of the Knights of the Columbus. He joined on November 1, 1973 at the age of 22 years old. Steve and Pam were devoted members at St. Wenceslaus for more than 37 years and Skutt Catholic High School supporters since they opened the doors in 1997.
His No. 1 hobby was cheering on his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. It was not easy to be a loyal Hawkeye fan living in Nebraska for most of his life, but his enthusiasm for the Hawks was undeniable. He would often make the trip to Iowa City to cheer on his Hawks. However, his favorite place to watch the games were from “his chair” at home.
Steve was a true example of integrity and how to live a faithful and compassionate life. He was a devoted husband for more than 45 years to the love of his life, Pam. He was a dedicated father to Jamie, Nicholas (Jody), Matthew, Danny (Lauren) and Melissa (Fabe). He was a proud and doting Pop to Morgan, Benjamin, Jack, Ella, Hannah, Jacob, Kinnick, Hayden, Olivia, Eleanor and Fabius.
To know him was to love him and he will never be forgotten – husband, father, Pop, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, we will hold you in our hearts forever.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- Matthew 11:28-30