Larry D. Hiatt

  • Born: December 29, 1947
  • Died: September 1, 2015
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

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1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Larry Hiatt, age 67 of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Larry was born in Centerville, Iowa on December 29, 1947, the son of Carl and Lela (Davis) Hiatt. He grew up in Moravia, Iowa and graduated from Moravia High School in 1966. He was united in marriage to Mary Kay Spencer on November 23, 1968 in Moravia, Iowa, and to this union of marriage, a son was born, Chad. They later divorced.

He entered the United States Army on February 3, 1969. Larry served his country faithfully in Vietnam. Through his service of two tours in Vietnam, Larry earned numerous military awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Expert (Rifle) Award. Earning the rank of Sergeant, Larry was honorably discharged on February 2, 1971.

Larry was united in marriage to Judi Bates on July 11, 1981 at the East Pleasant Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Iowa. They recently celebrated thirty four years of marriage.

Larry worked for Union Carbide (Viskase, Curwood) in Centerville, Iowa for forty two years, retiring in May of 2013. He held the position of lead supervisor in the press area at the time of his retirement from Curwood.

Family was the driving force in Larry's life. He strived to do anything and everything to meet their needs, especially his grandchildren. Larry was a selfless man, with the thought of placing others first. He also believed in hard work. Larry enjoyed being on the move and working outdoors, especially his time spent mowing. Larry also liked listening to music, especially Shania Twain. Moreover, he had recently attended a Shania Twain concert at Wells Fargo in Des Moines with his grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judi Hiatt of Centerville, Iowa; a son, Chad (Tygh) Hiatt of Canyon, Texas; four step children, Tami Carel of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Martin Wright of Centerville, Iowa, Amber Jones of Centerville, Iowa, and Shelby Firth of Centerville, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Teigen Carel, Caitlyn (Josh) Bailey, Lenzi Jones, Thatcher Carel, Hannah Long, Kage Jones, Quade Hiatt, Fisher Firth, Kross Hiatt, and Lola Jones; a sister, Linda (Mike) Grinstead of Ottumwa, Iowa; one brother, Bob (Connie) Hiatt of Ankeny, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Linda (Bill) Henderson of Centerville, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lela Hiatt; and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held 10 Am, Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa with Pastor Terry Chapman officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, Iowa. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home on Friday from 10 Am-7 Pm, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 Pm. Memorials have been established to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Judy I was so sorry to hear about Larry.Tim spoke of you both often with affection. I know some of what you ate going through. God had been a real comfort to me and I know He will be to you also. May He wrap His living arms around you!

Posted by Janie Bailey - Centerville, IA - Friend   September 13, 2015

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Posted by Janie Bailey - Centerville, IA - Friend   September 13, 2015

Judy, sorry hearing the news about Larry. We just found out Sunday night. I always enjoyed working with Larry at Carbide. He taught me a lot quietly. He was also someone you could rely on as a friend. God bless.

Posted by roger casady - unionville, MO - friend   September 06, 2015


Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to the family.

Posted by nellie thomas - Centerville, IA - classmate of Bob Hiatt   September 05, 2015


it was a lot of fun working with you. will miss you. thinking of you and praying for you.

Posted by judy belzer - mystic, IA - coworker and good man.good   September 04, 2015

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss, Larry was such a nice guy and I know Litel thought so much of him. A little funny here, do you remember when Jr was taking his treatments and you two stopped by ? We had bought a compass and it would not work, Jr was so upset and Larry took it and it worked great for him. Larry said it would not work for Jr due to the radiation treatments. We all had a good laugh.
Love and Prayers to you and your family--Judy Bates

Posted by Judy Bates - Trenton, MO   September 04, 2015


Judi and family, so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you all. Larry was and is a wonderful man who truly loved his family. God will give you strength and comfort as He surrounds you with His love. I will always be here if you need me! May grace and peace be with you. Shari

Posted by Shari Squires - Centerville, IA - Friend   September 04, 2015


To all of Larry's Family,
Iam so very sorry for the loss of a man that had made such an impact on your lives!! As well as mine. I am here if you all need anything! I will be visiting you soon Judi! Love to you all!!!! I have lots of great memories!!!!! <3dw>

Posted by Missy Lwson - Moulton, IA - Friend   September 03, 2015

Judy (and family), I send my heartfelt sympathy. I wish I were there to give you a big hug. You and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you feel the peace that only God can provide.
Much love,

Posted by Pauline Wyckoff Kozak - St Charles, IA - Friend   September 03, 2015

So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Dan and Sharon McDanel - Moravia, IA   September 03, 2015

Our deepest sympathy to you Chad and all your family. So sorry for your loss. Frank and Judy

Posted by Frank and Judy Watson - Dumas, TX - Friends   September 02, 2015

So sorry for your loss. The Max Hiatt family. Centerville

Posted by Marti Mefferd - Chariton, IA - Cousin   September 02, 2015

Hugs and prayers for you, Judy and family. I loved seeing you so happy as soon as Larry came into your life. May God wrap you in peace and comfort in a way only He can do as you remember special times with Larry. Friends always. Jayne

Posted by Jayne Wyckoff Wells - Milton, IA - Friend   September 02, 2015


Thinking and praying for the family

Posted by Mary Ann    September 02, 2015

My dear friend Judi and family,

Thinking of you and the family. I was so sorry to read Lynzi's post last evening and learn of Larry's passing. Please know I am thinking of you all and if there is anything I can do just give me a call.

Love, Donna

Posted by Donna Dykes - Cincinnati, IA - family friend   September 02, 2015