Kenneth Robert Hahn

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February 7, 1921 - December 15, 2013 Hahn, Kenneth Robert "Bob", 92, born on February 7, 1921 in Clear Lake, South Dakota, passed away on December 15, 2013 in his home in Rolling Hills Estates. He is survived by his three daughters, Marsha Hahn MacLeod, Nancy Hahn Guy, Susan Hahn Hillgren: six grandchildren, Rachael MacLeod, Coral MacLeod, Alice Guy, Andy Guy, Sophia Montakab and Carl Hillgren: his brother, Clement Hahn; his two nephews and niece, Ronald Hahn, James Hahn and Joy Hahn Page. Bob's childhood was split between living in Soco, Maine and Wooster, Massachusetts. He attended Oberlin college where he met fellow student Mary "Mickie" Crawford from Scarsdale, New York, whom he married in 1943. After graduating from Oberlin, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he attained the rank of second lieutenant and served as a flight and aerial gunnery instructor during WWII. After the war, he enrolled in Cornell University's Law school under the GI bill where he earned a JD degree in 1948. Upon graduation from Cornell, Bob and Mickie moved to Washington D.C. where he became an associate at Elmore, Moss and Moore representing aviation clients. He soon left the firm to become general counsel and secretary of Lake Central Airlines in Indianapolis. In 1951, he moved his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan to work for William P. Lear, whose company made aviation products. In 1959, he became executive vice president of operations of Lear, Inc., which meant moving to corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California. Soon after, Lear sold the company to finance the corporate Lear jet venture and the firm merged to become Lear Siegler, Inc. (LSI) Following the merger, Bob became division manager of LSI's Power equipment group in Cleveland, Ohio. Then in 1965, Bob returned to LSI's corporate headquarters and later was named executive vice president for operations of Lear Siegler, Inc. and in 1984 he became vice chair of the board. His family will most remember him for his loving care of his wife during their 64 years of marriage and during her extensive battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Mickie, who died in 2007. A memorial service will be held at The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM with a reception immediately following. Memorial contributions may be made to the at alz.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 2, 2014
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