Kenneth G. Hiatt|
Chesapeake - Kenneth George Hiatt, 85, departed this life on May 23, 2014, in Chesapeake, VA. He was born July 12, 1928, in Beatrice, NE.
He was a graduate of Seward, NE, High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska in 1950, and a Masters of Finance from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Administration in Evanston, IL, in 1959. He was a successful CPA with credentials from the Wisconsin State Board of Accountancy and a member of the University of Nebraska Chancellor's Club.
Serving the Army from 1950-1952, Ken was stationed first in Seattle, WA, with the Alaska Communication Corp for a year and then transferred to Chicago for a year where he met his future wife Yvonne (Evie) Mason. They were married March 2, 1957 and celebrated their 57th anniversary this year. To this union two children were born: George and Victoria.
After working in Chicago for Arthur Anderson as an Auditor and then for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co, the family moved to Milwaukee, WI, where he was an accountant for the Harnischfeger Industries. They later moved to Phillipsburg, KS, where he worked as a corporate tax accountant for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Co. He served the City of Phillipsburg for ten years as a City Council member from 1983-87, Mayor 1987-89, and again on City Council from 1989-93.
He was active member at the Phillipsburg United Methodist Church and then at the Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, serving as chairman of the church finance committee and other leadership roles for both congregations. He and Evie are long-time members of a "Small Group" Bible study.
Ken treasured his long-time membership in the Lions Club and had received recognition as Sight Chairman and other offices for his work to benefit people with eye disease and blindness. He also volunteered to prepare tax returns for AARP Taxaide program 16 years ago and was as active as ever doing tax returns this past tax season, each year renewing his credentials so that he could freely give professional assistance. He was also a 50-year member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nebraska. The many people who benefited from his quiet but steadfast volunteer work are far too innumerable to count.
He is survived by his wife Evie, his children George of Summerville, SC; and daughter Victoria Townsend, her husband Todd and granddaughter Meridith of Chesapeake, VA. He is predeceased by his parents George D. and Lula A. Hiatt and sister Hazel Brauer, all of Lincoln, NE.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA. The interment will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.
Memorial contributions should be directed to the Southside Lions Club or the Great Bridge Presbyterian music ministry.
Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.omanfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 26, 2014