Donald [Don] E. Hiatt 92 formerly of Liberty, Indiana passed away Wednesday October 12, 2022 at the Village Green in Greenville, Ohio. He was born on September 17, 1930 to the late Chester and Edna Ramey Hiatt in Richmond, Indiana.
Don graduated in 1949 from Brownsville High School in Brownsville, Indiana. On October 1, 1950, Don married the love of his life Jeannine Curry at Hanna’s Creek Church in Kitchel, Indiana. After their marriage, they lived and farmed their land while raising their 2 children, Randy and Debbie. Besides farming, Don owned and drove his school bus for Kitchel school in Union County for 8 years. Both of his children rode his bus to school every day. Don loved singing with his 3 brothers in the 1960’s, when they were younger, they recorded a record during that time. Don sang solos at church and for several weddings and funerals accompanied by his wife, Jeannine.
In 1989 Don and his wife retired from farming after 41 years and moved to Lakeland, Florida for 18 years. He enjoyed playing golf and cards with their friends and helping his nephew Jerry Lawton in his strawberry fields. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to mow yard a certain way (Grandpa’s way). They came back home every summer in their motor home to spend time with their family. He and his wife managed Archway Campground in New Paris, Ohio while home. They enjoyed many trips in their motor home over the years. He and Jeannine loved taking their great- grandchildren on trips with them. He loved spending time with his family and friends while home. In 2007 he and his wife, returned from Florida to Richmond, Indiana to be close to their family. In July of 2021 they moved to Greenville, Ohio to be closer to their daughter, so she could care for them. On October 1, 2022 they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary. Don was a member of the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church in Liberty, Indiana. He was a member of the Liberty, Indiana Masonic Lodge # 58 for 61 years. He served as Worshipful Master in 1967.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, his 3 brothers, Dale, Bob, and Darrell Hiatt, his daughter- in-law Carolyn Hiatt, sisters-in-law Pat Hiatt and Mary Lawton and brother-in-law Lowell Lawton. Don will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Jeannine, and his children Randy and Debbie and special sister-in-law Berneda Hiatt. Don’s memory will be cherished forever by his 6 grandchildren, Chad (Abby) Wilson, Nicholas (Becky) Wilson, Nicole (Andrew) Wilson Rose, Melissa (Andy) Hiatt Rodefer, Randi Hiatt James, Donald (Lauren) Hiatt, his 15 great grandchildren, and several special nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Don will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 1 to 3 pm at Urban Winkler funeral home in Liberty, Indiana, with Masonic services following visitation and a message from Pastor Paul Wesler. Music will be furnished by their longtime friend Joan Raper.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Everheart Hospice in Greenville, Ohio (1350 N Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331) or Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, Liberty Indiana. To sign the online guestbook or to send the family a personal message, please visit www.urbanwinklerfuneralhome.com.