Steven Kenneth Hatter, 64, of Aylett, VA left this world, “on his time”, on Friday, November 24, 2023, to begin his next journey.
Steve was born in Arlington, VA and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Lyons Township High School and went to study at Valparaiso University, IN. He wanted to be closer to home, so he finished his studies at Southern Illinois University, IL earning a degree in English.
Steve was an animated, humorous and quick-witted soul by nature, full of compassion and empathy. Shining his light and leaving his mark of love on everyone he met. Steve always had a love for music and conversation no matter what the genre or topic may have been. So it is no surprise that during his school years he played the drums, studied theater and found his passion for the radio industry while working for WLTL, the local high school radio station. Steve was also a part of numerous plays including Scapino, along with Jim Belushi. He worked for a local Mom and Pop Hardware Store where he learned many of his handyman skills.
In 1985 Steve moved to Richmond with his former wife and family. Here he began working at Q94 then B103. He made many dear friends while in the radio business and had the opportunity of meeting and interviewing many big-time bands. A former coworker recently said that “he was special and crazy all at the same time.” That was Steve!
Steve had love for so many things but above all was his love and belief in God. He absolutely adored his wife, Lisa and it was obvious he was her biggest fan. Their three furry pups and recently adopted ducks made his heart happy daily. He enjoyed gardening, always growing an abundance of veggies. It brought him so much joy to pick them with the grandchildren and share with his friends and neighbors. Delivering baskets of fresh goodies and preparing meals where everyone would gather around the table and enjoy together. He always said grace and “Good food is what brings people together.” Steve truly had a heart of gold and knew what was important to be thankful and grateful for. Keeping his heart full by putting smiles on others faces.
Steve’s favorite place in the world was anywhere near or in the water. Particularly Nags Head, his home away from home. He spent days relaxing on the beach, taking in all of its beauty and salty air, surf fishing (never to catch anything) and getting fresh seafood from the fishmongers.
Steve is survived by the love of his life, Lisa Hatter; his three children from his former marriage, Brandon Hatter (Aleasha), Nathan Hatter and Nicholas Hatter; three step-children, Brandon Catalfu (Jennifer), Heather Medley (Dustin) and Meghan Sandridge; step-grandchildren Kayla, Bryce, Caleb, Tyler, Jayce, and Connor. Steve is also survived by his mother, Margot (Margie) Hatter; siblings, Brad Hatter (Lisa); Melissa Compton, Elizabeth Sellner (Corey), and Katherine Hatter (Leonard Ho); his second mother, Catherine Hatter; father-in-law Larry Langhurst; and several nieces and nephews, two that he was closest to, Paige and Nolan. Cherished family also included his fur babies, Piper, Cooper, Gretta, Uncle Quacker and Gabby.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Hatter; mother-in-law Brigitte Ghetta Langhurst; and his beloved best friend his black dog, Frank.
Steve’s untimely death was a shock to us all and even in his final days he was still gifting others by being an organ donor. He will live on in our memories forever!
“He has achieved success, who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.” Steve’s life was a success!
Please join us in celebrating Steve’s life on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Affinity Funeral Service Mechanicsville Chapel, 8074 Mechanicsville Tpke, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The family will receive friends at 3:00 p.m. a service will follow at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a church or charity of one’s choice.