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The world lost a mighty good man recently when Philip N. Hiatt passed away peacefully while sleeping, surrounded by love in the home of his daughter and son-in-law on January 21, 2019. Born in 1938, he was the 7th child of Harry and Ester Hiatt and lived his life believing in the importance of family, honesty, respect and hard work. He never met a stranger and was just a good old boy who enjoyed life as it came.

While serving our country in the US Army from 1963 to 1966, he was captured and tortured by Russian troops outside of Germany and that experience left him with many demons that he battled throughout his life. He made a good living by driving semi-trucks for various companies over a 50 year period before age forced his retirement (and he sure was not happy about that.) After that, you'd find him eating breakfast at a few of his favorite spots, driving his truck to one Harley Davidson store or another or out mowing his lawn.

He enjoyed being a father to his stepchildren, Petra (Mike Armstrong) McGinnis and Philip (Laura) McGinnis, and filled their lives with wonderful memories of family vacations, days spent boating, snowmobiling, dune buggies, as well as family dinners and good old fashioned words of wisdom and knowledge. But nothing compared to the joy he felt when he became a grandfather to Kalissa (Kevin Moody) Stone, Kelsie Stone and Jason McGinnis. He sure loved babies, even when they grew up. He'd very quickly pull out his wallet to show off pictures of his family to anyone that would look.

Back in 1971, while he was working as a Culligan man, he went to a home to install a water softener and that is how the story of Phil and Patricia (the mother of Petra and Philip) began. What a story it was too. Unfortunately, his heart was broken beyond repair when Patricia passed away unexpectedly in September of 2018. They spent a lifetime together and it only seems fitting that even death would not keep them apart. No doubt, she greeted him at the pearly gates with, "What took you so long," and he responded with some snarky come back.

In addition to his stepchildren and grandchildren, he will be missed by sisters, Audrey (Bob) Johnson, Ruth Chantrene; and brother, James (Connie) Hiatt, as well as the family he gained through his love of Patricia, sisters-in-law, Cindy (Steve) Wagner and Arta (Jim) Clark; and brother-in-law, Forrest Schmidt.

For all that are reading this, remember life is fleeting. Enjoy your people while you have them, love with no hesitation whenever you can and always spend your days laughing.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 12th at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the SSgt. Joshua Throckmorton Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Arrangements were made by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Philip may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.