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“I'm sorry we can't be there to celebrate Ron's life, but we are thinking of you and remembering him. He always seemed to live life to the fullest. ...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Kristina TerMolen - Battle Creek, MI

“To the family and brothers of Ron Hattis (Rooster) My deepest sympathy for the lost of your loved one ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Larry (Bull) Canning - Kalamazoo, MI

“Your family have prayers and Sympathy ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Beverly Shavers - MoscowH, AR

“He was one police officer who had the magic of inspiring each one of us...We are going to miss his great words and wonderful advice that helped each...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Randy Kurtzman - Battle Creek, MI

“What a wonderful young man he was; he and I were 'sweeties' for a short time, until he picked another great girl (a classmate of mine), and I picked...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Rambow - Laughlin, NV


6 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Rambow - Laughlin, NM

“We had some good memories through out the years. He will surely be missed. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Larry & Ruth Hattis - Odenville, AL

“May the wonderful memories sustain us all. May his love for life and adventure feed our souls and may one day we all be together again. Love and miss...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Allana Slager - Sebring, FL

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Marla Field - Marcellus, MI


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Ronald Leo Hattis, 79, of Athens, MI died at home on November 16th, 2021. Ron was born in Vicksburg, Michigan on July 22, 1942, the son of Stanley and Helena (Shlagor) Hattis. He was a 1960 graduate of Vicksburg High School and honorably served as a flight engineer in the U.S. Navy from 1960-1964. He graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1970. Ron joined the Battle Creek Police Department as a patrolman in 1971, was promoted to sergeant in 1981 and retired in 1994.

Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his friends and family. Ron was a lifetime member of the Centurion Motorcycle Club of Toledo, Ohio.

Ron is survived by his children, Lisa (Kelly) Kerner of Battle Creek, MI, Erika (Tom) Rines of Caledonia, MI and Clifton Hindmarsh of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Brittany (Ryan) Cunningham, Damian Hammer, Brendan Hammer, Haley Kerner, Logan Kerner, Cole Kerner; great-grandson, Kaiden Cunningham; siblings, Althea Smith, Stanley Hattis Jr., Larry Hattis, Yona Reed; longtime companion, Louise Holmes; and his former wife, Susan Wilhelmsen.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Janice Applebey.

A service to celebrate Ron's life will be held at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.