Phocian's Story

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Phocian Hatten, 95, passed away Sunday, May 14, at Miller's Merry Manor, Culver.
He was born April 24, 1922, in Culver, to Lewis and Dalta (Bennett) Hatten. He graduated in 1940 from Goshen High School.
He married Eva Nell Gosey, Feb. 17, 1943. She died Jan. 16, 2004.
He was a B-24 squadron leader pilot in the 10th Air Force in the India/Burma/China Theater during World War II, rising to the rank of captain. Phocian was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He is credited with 49 missions and 465 hours of combat flying.
He worked in sales for various companies after leaving the Air Force.
Phocian loved building, flying and competing with model airplanes.
Eva and Phocian moved to Elkhart when he retired in 1982 and to Culver in 2004.
In 2005, he married Marilyn Kelly.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a brother, Creighton Hatten, Colorado; a sister, Phyllis Bower, Goshen; several nieces and nephews; three stepchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eva, and daughter, Sally.
A private graveside service took place Tuesday, May 16, at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. To share online condolences, visit yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 16, 2017
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