Leon Ray "Red" Hiatt died Thursday (Jan. 30, 2003) at McCook Community Hospital. He was 64 years old.
Red was born Dec. 7, 1938, at Cambridge, to Ruby Helen (Renniker) and Oscar Wayne Hiatt. He attended school at Cambridge Public Schools.
He married Dixie Lee Stagemeyer in 1956, and to this union four sons were born.
On Feb. 16, 1980, he married Betty C. Sitzman. Red lived in the McCook Community all of his life and for 22 years was employed by the McCook Gazette as a production manager. Then he was self-employed as he owned and managed R&B Amusement in McCook. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, antiques and attending auctions. He coached Little League Baseball and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Bonita Sue in infancy, Verona Heinz, and Lavanna "Pooge" Chrisplip and brother, Wayne "Dutch" Hiatt.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Hiatt of McCook; sons, Dennis Hiatt and wife, Karen, of McCook, Don Hiatt and wife, Linda, of Saginaw, Texas, Doug Hiatt and wife, Bobbi, of McCook, Ken Hiatt and Peggy, of Parker, Colo., Ron Sitzman and wife, Darla, of Salina, Kan., and Gary Sitzman of Kearney; one brother, Phillip Hiatt of San Antonio, Texas; and 15 grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at Carpenter Breland Chapel with Pastor Clark Bates officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.