~Our Angel in Heaven~
Layton Wade Hathaway, 17, of Veedersburg, Ind., died at 5:53 p.m. CDT Friday, July 29, 2011, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born Aug. 20, 1993, in Clinton, Ind., the son of Randy and Ann (Trahan) Hathaway.
Surviving family includes his father; mother; sister, Robyn (Bechtold) Pippin (husband Jonathan) of Kingman, Ind.; brother, Ryan Bechtold (wife Lois) of Covington, Ind.; brother, Harlan Hathaway; eight nieces and nephews (Delaney, Devin, Andrew, Austin, Jozey, Jayde, Grady and Gracey); grandparents, Joe and Alice Hathaway of Veedersburg, Ind., Lou Swaim (husband Bonner) of Rockville, Ind., and Sid Trahan (wife Pat) of Covington, Ind.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Layton would have entered his senior year at Fountain Central High School this fall. He was an active member of FFA, football, wrestling and the welding vocational program.
Layton was also a nine-year member of 4-H and a member of Sterling Christian Church. He was employed as a summer intern at the Crawfordsville, Ind., Wright Implement. During his free time, Layton enjoyed riding his motorcycle, working on his pickup, farming, welding and spending time with his friends and family. Layton was well known for his “one-of-a-kind” sense of humor, love for his family and friends, and letting everyone around him know what he really thought .
Layton was taken from his family three weeks and one day before his eighteenth birthday due to a devastating car accident, less than three miles from his home on familiar roads. The teenage driver of the vehicle was speeding in excess of 100 mph. Thankfully, she survived but, tragically another teenage passenger's life was also taken that day. Not only are the two teens' families affected and altered forever, but many friends and the entire community are devastated because of the two deaths.
Layton's life was cut short; he had so many plans for his future. He would have been such a quality, honorable member of society as an adult. Please, please be careful and responsible, do not make another family go through what we have over the last 42 days.
Layton was a one-of-a-kind individual and can never be replaced. Our "normal" as we knew it no longer exists, but as time, love, faith, and prayers carry us our "new normal" comes closer to our acceptance. He has taken a piece of our hearts with him, never to be filled again. He is greatly missed. WE LOVE YOU LAYTON WADE!!!!!!!